Cantor: Dems 'just don't get it' on energy

House Majority Leader Eric CantorEric CantorEx-RNC spokesman: After Trump remarks how can I tell minorities to vote GOP Kelly’s challenge? Bringing stability to Trump White House Special interests hide behind vets on Independence Day MORE (R-Va.) says Democrats "just don't get it" when it comes to the administration's new rules on limiting carbon pollution from the nation's power plants.

While increased energy and gas costs are "squeezing" middle-class families, Cantor said Friday, the administration and Democrats "are doing nothing."

"In fact, they seem to be doing the opposite," Cantor said in his June memo to House Republicans. "Earlier this week, we saw Democrats champion the President’s new [Environmental Protection Agency] rule to destroy thousands of middle class jobs, including in the coal industry, and increase energy costs."

The EPA rule mandates the country's fleet of existing power plants cut carbon pollution 30 percent by 2030 from 2005 levels. The agency contends it has given states maximum flexibility to reach the new target, and that by 2030 electricity bills would drop 8 percent for families.

Still, Cantor says "they just don’t get it."

He pointed to a bill passed by the House in February, which blocks the EPA's rules on new power plants.

The House is expected to take similar action on the agency's latest proposal for existing plants as well.