(CNN) - With little more than a month until the November elections, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell has a message for Americans: Democrats are holding "middle class Americans hostage."
"After maxing out the national credit card on a failed Stimulus bill and a government-run health care bill, they want more," McConnell said in the Republican party's weekly address. "And that's why they are now holding middle class Americans hostage in pursuit of their foolish desire to tax America's job creators in the middle of a recession."
In Saturday's address the five term Republican senator from Kentucky spent most of his time criticizing the Democrats' handling of the vote on tax cuts. Members of Congress headed home to their states and districts this week without voting on whether to extend the tax cuts passed in 2001 and 2003 under the George W. Bush administration.
"Too preoccupied enacting the rest of their agenda, they (Democrats) neglected to pass or even propose legislation that would prevent one of the largest tax hikes in history," McConnell said.
Democrats argue that it's the Republicans that are holding tax cuts for the middle class hostage, in order to extend the cuts for the wealthiest Americans.
McConnell's address wouldn't have been complete without mention of the upcoming elections - elections where McConnell said Republicans will "do pretty well."
"Republicans aren't under any illusions. We know voters are primarily interested in stopping the government freight train and sending a message to both parties this November," McConnell said. "They want all of us to know that we work for them, not the other way around."
President Barack Obama used his weekly address Saturday to encourage clean energy jobs and criticize Republicans.
"In the Pledge they recently released, the Republican leadership is promising to scrap all the incentives for clean energy projects, including those currently underway – even with all the jobs and potential that they hold," Obama said.
In response to the president's address, a House Republican spokesman said GOP proposals would actually put more money into renewable technologies.