Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnellMitch McConnellFive things to watch in round 2 of Trump confirmation fights This week: Confirmation fights dominate ahead of inauguration Juan Williams: Race, Obama and Trump MORE (R-Ky.) scolded Sen. Charles SchumerCharles SchumerWeek ahead: Trump's health pick takes the hot seat HHS nominee's stock buys raise ethical questions: report Schumer puts GOP on notice over ObamaCare repeal MORE (D-N.Y.) on Monday for wanting to hold off on energy legislation until Barack ObamaBarack ObamaConway: ‘We would welcome a call’ from Lewis Obamas make MLK Day visit to homeless shelter Booker will attend inauguration 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