Rep. Mike Pence (R-Ind.) responded quickly Sunday to White House energy advisor Carol Browner's claim that the administration is still holding out hope a climate bill can pass during a lame-duck session of Congress. 

Browner made the comments during an appearance on "Meet the Press." Shortly after the interview with Browner, Pence called her statement "outrageous" on the show's roundtable segment.  

The House Republican Conference chairman has been one of the strongest GOP critics of the energy legislation trumpeted by the Obama administration. He has previously called the bill "an economic declaration of war on the Midwest." 

Browner's comments are likely to add plenty of fuel to the fire of conservative activists who have suggested Democrats will push through unpopular legislation in this year's lame-duck session of Congress. 

But the Democratic leadership is the Senate hasn't thus far indicated a desire to take the effort up again after the November elections.