Senator Mitch McConnell, a Republican from Kentucky, speaks during a news conference after the weekly Republican Democratic Policy Committee meeting at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Tuesday, Dec. 4, 2012. Negotiations over the so-called fiscal cliff are stalled as President Obama and Republicans trade offers on ways to avoid more than $600 billion in U.S. spending cuts and tax increases for 2013 that will start to take effect in January if Congress doesnÕt act. Photographer: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg *** Local Caption *** Mitch McConnell