Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) says the upper chamber will not go on recess if the partial government shutdown is still ongoing.

McConnell made the comments to reporters on Tuesday after House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-MD) said the lower chamber will also not take a recess.

The Senate is supposed to leave town at the end of this week and not return until January, 28th.

McConnell is placing the blame for the shutdown squarely on democrats, telling reporters democrats priorities are “way out of whack.” He added issues once supported by prominent democrats are the same ones being opposed currently.

A number of senators have said they should remain in Washington during the shutdown as the record-setting closure continues.

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