House Republican Whip Eric Cantor (R-VA) issued the following statement today in support of two letters sent from a bipartisan group of 20 Governors as well as a broad group of 98 businesses to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) requesting that EPA stop its plan to implement burdensome regulations on carbon dioxide under the Clean Air Act:
"America faces a very difficult economic climate as unemployment continues to hover near 10%. At a time when small business owners and working families struggle to find stable financial footing, the EPA's decision creates more headwinds and is counter-productive to getting our economy back on track.
"This Administration needs to focus on policies that encourage growth and job creation - period. Instead, this misguided plan allows the EPA to impose regulation that will place heavy administrative burdens on state agencies that will result in increased costs for businesses and consumers.
"I stand alongside these Governors and our state and local leaders in opposition to this job-killing measure. This plan must be abandoned so that more uncertainty is not added to an already incredibly difficult economic environment."