McConnell Scolds Dems for Stalling on Energy

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) scolded Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) on Monday for wanting to hold off on energy legislation until Barack Obama 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