House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, R-VA., praised passage of the Jumpstart Our Business Startups (JOBS) Act on Thursday and criticized House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., for deriding it.

“We have to start somewhere,” Cantor said during an interview on Special Report with Bret Baier. “For Nancy Pelosi to make the comments she did, make a comments to a man or woman that benefits from this bill and can start up a new business, by the way, if she would like to say those comments to the people who actually get a job because of this bill, you know, I think she would get a different reaction.”

Unlike all of the other jobs bills passed by House Republicans, the one passed Thursday is the first with support from President Obama.

Cantor expressed optimism that the House could continue to work successfully with a president from the opposing party, despite the odds of election-year politics.
“That is why today is the first step what I hope is both sides learning to put aside their differences and come together where we can,” Cantor said.

Touching on the issue of rising gas prices, Cantor said the Obama administration’s policies hindered the potential for increased domestic energy production.

While the U.S. produces more energy than when Obama took office, Cantor said that it could be further improved by issuing more drilling permits.
“We should be doing everything we can to unleash the energy potential here at home. My issue with the administration's energy policy they are hostile to fossil fuels,” Cantor said.

Days after announcing his support for Mitt Romney for the Republican presidential nomination, Cantor made another surprise endorsement on Thursday for freshman Representative Adam Kinzinger of Illinois, who faces Donald Manzullo, R-Ill., in a brutal incumbent-versus-incumbent battle.

Kinzinger and Manzullo’s race is one of many similar intra-party fights due to congressional redistricting this year.

It’s rare for Congressional leaders to pick sides in a member-versus-member fight. But Cantor said he was part of the effort to recruit Kinzinger to run in 2010. So he wanted to throw his support behind one of his many protegees.

Manzullo has served in Congress since 1993.

"This is not about Donald Manzullo. It's about Adam Kinzinger and the confidence I have in him,” Cantor said.

The Virginia Republican declined to say whether he would make endorsements in any other upcoming primaries.