NEW YORK, January 4, 2012— -- The man in the middle of this week's fiscal cliff deal, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., speaks to George Stephanopoulos, Sunday on "This Week."
After walking up to the edge of the fiscal cliff, Congress worked through the New Year to finally passed an eleventh-hour deal. But did the smaller agreement on tax cuts simply kick the can down the road, setting up a bigger battle over spending cuts and the debt limit in a matter of weeks? How will Congress respond to President Obama's refusal to negotiate on raising the debt ceiling? And will Republicans in Congress reject any further revenue increases?
Sen. Mitch McConnell, the Republican leader who helped craft this week's compromise, speaks to George Stephanopoulos, Sunday on "This Week."
Then, can fresh faces in Washington help break the gridlock? As the 113th Congress begins, three key new members – Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D., and Rep. Joaquín Castro, D-Texas, and Rep. Tom Cotton, R-Ark. – come to "This Week."
Plus, the powerhouse roundtable debates all the week's political battles in Washington, with ABC News' George Will; Fox News anchor Greta Van Susteren; PBS' "Washington Week" moderator and managing editor Gwen Ifill; University of California, Berkeley professor and former Clinton Labor Secretary Robert Reich; and ABC's Chief White House Correspondent Jonathan Karl.
See the whole political picture, Sunday on "This Week with George Stephanopoulos."