Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnellMitch McConnellSenate GOP hedges on ObamaCare repeal timeline Chao: Trump tapped into 'a strain of anxiety,' 'fear' Top general: Trump State Department cuts would hurt military's efforts against Russia MORE (R-Ky.) scolded Sen. Charles SchumerCharles SchumerThe Hill’s Whip List: Where Dems stand on Trump’s Supreme Court nominee With no emerging leaders, no clear message, Democrats flounder Gorsuch hearings: A referendum on Originalism and corporate power MORE (D-N.Y.) on Monday for wanting to hold off on energy legislation until Barack ObamaBarack ObamaBush DHS secretary: 'Vladimir Putin is winning' Trump ally calls for US to roll back climate commitment House Intel chairman under fire from all sides 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