By Laura Barron-Lopez - 06/06/14 01:16 PM EDT
House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (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."
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.