Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnellMitch McConnellGOP Congress unnerved by Trump bumps Top Dem: GOP is terrified of Trump Senate confirms Pruitt to lead EPA MORE (R-Ky.) scolded Sen. Charles SchumerCharles SchumerOvernight Cybersecurity: Trump defends Flynn, blasts leaks | Yahoo fears further breach Overnight Finance: Trump's Labor pick withdraws | Ryan tries to save tax plan | Trump pushes tax reform with retailers Democrats declare victory after Puzder bows out MORE (D-N.Y.) on Monday for wanting to hold off on energy legislation until Barack ObamaBarack ObamaEx-House intel chairman: US 'not necessarily winning' the cyber war Peter King to Trump: ‘Slow down’ on tweets and get the job done Police say 9,000 people turned out for Trump's rally MORE is in the White House.

McConnell criticized Schumer for not wanting to immediately deal with "the most important issue in the country."

"He basically wants to put this whole issue off," McConnell said during the conference call with reporters. "In the meantime, consumers are paying the price."

Schumer told the Washington Post last week that Congress may pass smaller legislative energy items, but that no comprehensive energy bill will be in the works until until after the election.

The New York senator said that if Obama is elected and anticipated House and Senate margins are realized, "you will get, for the first time, a real energy policy."

- Beth Sussman