“Senator McCain wants to call Congress back into session to vote on ‘drill only’ proposals that he knows full well will not provide immediate relief to consumers, and yet he was absent from the Senate during critical votes to cut subsidies for Big Oil, help consumers and promote renewables and conservation,” Pelosi said in a statement.
In a speech on Monday, McCain said Congress should; "come off their recess, come off their vacation and address this energy challenge to America and don't leave until we do."
McCain, however, hasn’t voted in the Senate since April 8th, missing weeks of debate over energy policy last month as the Senate finished work for the summer.
Speaking at a nuclear power plant in Michigan on Tuesday, McCain touted an "all of the above" approach to energy, calling for increased domestic oil drilling, expanded use of nuclear power and other steps.
However, that approach wasn't good enough for Pelosi, who herself has come under fire from House Republicans for adjourning for the summer without holding drilling votes.
“John McCain could have been the deciding vote in favor of key energy initiatives, but instead he decided to stand by Big Oil. Senator McCain’s absent leadership on energy independence doesn’t match his rhetoric,” said Pelosi.