Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, Kentucky Republican, makes his way back to his office after going into the Senate chamber at the U.S. Capitol in Washington on Dec. 31, 2012. Lawmakers on the Hill are attempting to avert the looming "fiscal cliff" of automatic tax increases and spending cuts. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

Photo by: ANDREW HARNIK

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, Kentucky Republican, makes his way back to his office after going into the Senate chamber at the U.S. Capitol in Washington on Dec. 31, 2012. Lawmakers on the Hill are attempting to avert the looming "fiscal cliff" of automatic tax increases and spending cuts. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)