McConnell: Obama policies 'designed' to raise gas prices

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) on Wednesday charged the Obama administration with working behind the scenes to drive up gas prices — an allegation White House officials have denied. 

“When it comes to the rising cost of gas at the pump, it’s my view that the administration’s policies are actually designed to bring about higher gas prices," said McConnell.

Republicans are blaming the White House for the recent rise in gas prices, hoping to capitalize on the issue in an election year. The administration, however, denies that their policies have caused the spike in prices.

President Obama has said that while there is no quick fix to the issue, his administration has reduced reliance on foreign oil, expanded domestic production and invested in renewable energy sources.

Read more on The Hill's Floor Action blog.