Texas Republicans on Thursday hammered the Obama administration’s push to block their state’s new voting laws, arguing the president was singling out the Lone Star State.

The lawmakers say Thursday’s surprise move by Attorney General Eric Holder asking a court to require “preclearance” of new Texas laws steps on states’ rights, wastes taxpayer dollars and defies the Supreme Court’s June decision to scrap a key part of the Voting Rights Act.

“Once again, it’s the federal government telling the states what they can and can’t do,” said Rep. Blake Farenthold (R-Texas). “Even after some defeats on the Voting Rights Act in the Supreme Court, the administration still continues to thwart the will of the people of Texas.