WASHINGTON, D.C. - House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) released the following statement on the President's new EPA regulations:
"Today, President Obama's EPA launched its latest assault on hard working middle class families. While the President is taking a victory lap, I hope he will take a moment and explain to middle class families in Virginia the reality of his proposal: an increase in their home electricity bills. With too many families already struggling to make ends meet, why is the President celebrating an energy plan that is just going to raise their utility bills?
"The President also owes an explanation to the nearly 5,000 Virginians who work in the coal industry. The argument that, many of their jobs will be destroyed, but hopefully a job will be created somewhere else to comply with this massive new regulation is of little comfort to these families. It is time the President stops his war on coal and the families who make their living in the coal industry.
"The House has already acted this year to block regulations like the one proposed that would increase electricity prices and has acted to require agencies like the EPA to take into account the real-world jobs impact of their proposed regulations. To date, the Senate has not acted on either measure. I call on Senator Reid and Virginia's two Senators to immediately take steps to protect Virginia families and pass these bills."