Unlikely Allies? AOC And Ted Cruz Pledge To Close Lobbyist Revolving Door In Congress

on July 12, 2018 in New York City.
NEW YORK, NY - JULY 12: Congressional nominee Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez stands with Zephyr Teachout after endorsing her for New York City Public Advocate on July 12, 2018 in New York City. The two liberal candidates ... NEW YORK, NY - JULY 12: Congressional nominee Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez stands with Zephyr Teachout after endorsing her for New York City Public Advocate on July 12, 2018 in New York City. The two liberal candidates held the news conference in front of the Wall Street bull in a show of standing up to corporate money. Ocasio-Cortez shocked the Democratic political community recently after an upset win against Representative Joe Crowley in the New York Democratic primary. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images) MORE LESS
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May 30, 2019 6:00 p.m.

Stop the presses: A conservative hardliner and a Democratic socialist have found something to work on together — through Twitter, no less.

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) and Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) got into a Twitter exchange on Thursday, which resulted in the two lawmakers vowing to work on a bipartisan bill to ban the practice of lawmakers becoming lobbyists after leaving Congress.

It began when Ocasio-Cortez 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.”

Cruz retweeted her, saying “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.”

Then the Republican senator made an offer: “The Swamp would hate it, but perhaps a chance for some bipartisan cooperation?”

“Let’s make a deal,” Ocasio-Cortez responded. “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.”

“You’re on,” Cruz replied.

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