That plan went down in a procedural vote, 52-48, on Tuesday.

McConnell urged Democrats to join Republicans on his plan, which will see a roll-call vote later Wednesday, that would require the Interior Department to hold lease sales in the Gulf of Mexico and off the Virginia coast, set a timeline for review of pending offshore drilling permit applications, and extend Gulf leases for one year, among other things.

"I would suggest Democrats spend a little more time looking at the price of gas at their local gas stations than at the latest polling numbers about class warfare rhetoric," added McConnell.