Early Sunday morning on ABC’s “This Week” Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell delivered a simple yet important message to President Obama and his Democratic colleagues on the Hill: It’s time to tackle spending:

Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell says that “absolutely the tax issue is behind us” as a result of the “fiscal cliff” deal and that it’s now time to focus solely on confronting what he calls “our spending addiction.”

He says it shouldn’t require a crisis for President Barack Obama and the Democratic majority in the Senate to address federal spending and the future of big entitlement programs such as Medicare and Social Security.

The Kentucky Republican tells ABC’s “This Week” that waiting until the last minute of a deadline — as was the case with the fiscal cliff — is no way to run the government.

In fact, it seems McConnell is so committed to cutting federal spending and preserving the American way of life that he won’t even consider legislation that doesn’t address this crucially important issue:

Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell federal spending and the country’s debt will dominate the congressional agenda for the next three months, and that debate about potential gun legislation in the wake of the Connecticut school shooting will take a back seat.