Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) on Wednesday said the lack of leadership from President Obama and Senate Democrats on major issues is a "disgrace."
"I'm having a hard time thinking of a word to describe the level of leadership we're getting from Democrats in Washington these days," McConnell said on the Senate floor. "Whether it's the president or the Democratic Senate, frankly, Madam President, it's a disgrace.
McConnell hit Democrats on energy policy, saying that 10 years ago, Democrats opposed drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR) because it would take a decade before oil from ANWR hit the market.
"Well, here we are, 10 years later," he said. "In some places, gas prices now are three times what they were in April of 2002."
McConnell hit Obama particularly hard for promising to bring people together on tough issues like energy, and mocked Obama for supporting just half of the Keystone XL pipeline.
"He was the one who was going to stop kicking the can down the road," McConnell said of Obama. "He was the one who was going to tackle the problems everybody else was afraid to face."
Instead, he said, Obama is now seen by many as "just one more politician saying the same things they always say."
McConnell said the decision by Senate Budget Committee Chairman Kent Conrad (D-N.D.) not to advance a budget is more evidence that Democrats have abandoned work on the major issues. He accused Conrad of bowing to political pressure not to force Democrats to take a vote on a budget they don't like.
"The Democrat chairman did suggest, however, that if Europe implodes he might change his mind," McConnell said. "Well, with all due respect, the statute doesn't say the majority must present a budget if the European economy implodes.
"It says it must present a budget, period, so that the American people can see how much they're going to be taxed and how their tax dollars are going to be spent."