McConnell Scolds Dems for Stalling on Energy

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnellMitch McConnellSenate moves to get out of town Obama urges McConnell, Reid to sustain 9/11 bill veto Reid to GOP: Commit to Flint money MORE (R-Ky.) scolded Sen. Charles SchumerCharles Schumer3 ways the next president can succeed on immigration reform Overnight Tech: Tech pushes for debate spotlight | Disney may bid for Twitter | Dem seeks Yahoo probe Saudis hire lobbyists amid 9/11 fight MORE (D-N.Y.) on Monday for wanting to hold off on energy legislation until Barack ObamaBarack ObamaFirst lady slams Trump's birther comments Obama's contradictory stance toward black asylum seekers Webb: After the debate 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