"What our list demonstrates is: Washington now has gotten in the way, and we've got to make it easier, finally, for small-business people to grow," he said. "And yes, the lists are different because, frankly, there is a divide in Washington about what this country should be."
Cantor said the Republican goal is to stop the federal government from making it too hard on small companies to expand. He cited efforts by the National Labor Relations Board to block Boeing's expansion into South Carolina, and various rules from the Environmental Protection Agency, which he said has "been on a rampage."
He also criticized President Obama for not only supporting these sorts of rules, but for continuing to press for tax hikes.
"Small business people are having trouble accessing capital," Cantor said. "They're having trouble with the added regulations coming in from Washington. They're having trouble when they hear a president who wants to raise taxes at a time when we've got 9 percent unemployment."