Democratic representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has made very few friends across the aisle. You would be hard pressed to find many Republicans who agree with her views. But on Twitter Thursday, when Ocasio-Cortez expressed her displeasure that former congressmen and women often become lobbyists after they retire, Sen. Ted Cruz actually agreed.
The freshman Congresswoman tweeted: “If you are a member of Congress + leave, you shouldn’t be allowed to turn right around&leverage your service for a lobbyist check. I don’t think it should be legal at ALL to become a corporate lobbyist if you’ve served in Congress. At minimum there should be a long wait period.”
To the surprise of many on Twitter, Cruz actually agreed with her. “Here’s something I don’t say often: on this point, I AGREE with @AOC Indeed, I have long called for a LIFETIME BAN on former Members of Congress becoming lobbyists. The Swamp would hate it, but perhaps a chance for some bipartisan cooperation?”
The swamp was a blatant dig at the current political landscape. Instead of focusing and helping the American people, Congress has passed the fewest bills in 2019, according to GovTrack, as the two parties are too busy hurling insults at each other on a daily basis.
Ocasio-Cortez didn’t shy away from the possibility of a bipartisanship bill, but she included certain conditions.
“If you’re serious about a clean bill, then I’m down. Let’s make a deal. If we can agree on a bill with no partisan snuck-in clauses, no poison pills, etc – just a straight, clean ban on members of Congress becoming paid lobbyists – then I’ll co-lead the bill with you.”
Cruz simply replied: “You’re on.” Since the two united on Twitter, other state politicians are announcing their support of the bill.
According to NBC News, Sen. Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii, will endorse the bill with Cruz on the Senate floor, while Rep. Chip Roy, R-Texas, will tackle getting the bill through the House with AOC.