Del. Eleanor Holmes NortonEleanor Holmes NortonOvernight Health Care — Democrats face setback on drug pricing Overnight Health Care — Biden defends push for vaccine mandates DC delegate issues tongue-in-cheek denial after zebras escape from nearby farm MORE (D-D.C.) on Wednesday slammed retiring lawmakers from Texas and Michigan for introducing legislation to ban the District of Columbia from using traffic cameras.
Rep. Steve StockmanStephen (Steve) Ernest StockmanPardon talk intensifies as Trump approaches final 24 hours in office GOP senator on Trump pardons: 'It is legal, it is constitutional, but I think it's a misuse of the power' Nothing becomes Donald Trump's presidency like his leaving it MORE (R-Texas), who lost the GOP Senate primary this year and will not be returning to the House in 2015, introduced a bill, H.R. 5755, last week to withhold federal highway funds from local governments using automated traffic enforcement systems and specifically outlaw D.C. traffic cameras.
Meanwhile, Rep. Kerry BentivolioKerry BentivolioIndiana Republican: Leaders duped me Reindeer farmer saves 'cromnibus' with yes vote High drama as .1T spending package advances by one vote MORE (R-Mich.), who lost his primary this year, is the measure's only co-sponsor.
Norton accused Stockman and Bentivolio of meddling in D.C. affairs and ignoring the needs of their own districts.
"These two members, on their way out of Congress, have turned their focus away from their own constituents," Norton said in a statement. "So, free from accountability to their own residents, they are making a last ditch attempt to secure a legacy on the backs of District of Columbia residents."
Norton further argued that the two lawmakers trying to write local D.C. laws ran contrary to Republican ideals of limiting the federal government's role in public affairs.
"These two members, who profess to support federalism and local control of local affairs, have left their principles behind," Norton said. "Whatever one's views on the merits of traffic cameras, D.C.'s use of them is a quintessential local matter for the local elected government to decide, and not for the big foot of the federal government."