Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnellMitch McConnellSenate seen as starting point for Trump’s infrastructure plan 'Morning Joe' co-host: We got into Trump's head Exorcise the repeal and replace demon MORE (R-Ky.) scolded Sen. Charles SchumerCharles SchumerSenate seen as starting point for Trump’s infrastructure plan Dems wait for GOP olive branch after ObamaCare debacle How Obama's White House weaponized media against Trump MORE (D-N.Y.) on Monday for wanting to hold off on energy legislation until Barack ObamaBarack ObamaPaul Ryan sells out conservatives with healthcare surrender Napolitano stands by British surveillance claim in Fox News return Trump's approval rating sinks to 35 percent: poll 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