Cruz Offers to Join Forces With AOC Again After She Sided With the GOP on Over-the-Counter Birth Control

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) hopes to continue working across the aisle by offering to team up with Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) for another bill.

This bill would fast-track the FDA to approve birth control to be sold over-the-counter instead of requiring a prescription. Ocasio-Cortez tweeted her approval of the statement, suggesting people needed to “pass it on.” Cruz responded, asking if she would like to work on a bill to make that a reality.

“I agree. Perhaps, in addition to the legislation we are already working on together to ban Members of Congress from becoming lobbyists, we can team up here as well,” tweeted Cruz. “A simple, clean bill making birth control available over the counter. Interested?”

The lawmaker retweeted a post in response, pointing out another congresswoman had already cosponsored a similar bill.

As IJR Red previously reported, many Democrats have blocked similar bills for over-the-counter birth control due to issues with it restricting parts of the ACA. However, this is not the only attempt by Cruz to work the Democrat.

Cruz and Ocasio-Cortez recently agreed to start working together to create a bill that would ban politicians from becoming lobbyists. As IJR Blue reported, Ocasio-Cortez recently shared her opinion on working with Cruz.

“So the real question here that we’re trying to figure out in this collaboration is how far is [Cruz] willing to go?” Ocasio-Cortez said. “Is this just about the letter of the law or is he serious about really banning lobbying in spirit? And so I’m really looking forward to seeing where and how far they’d be willing to move on that.”


“So I think there’s some wiggle room here,” she said. “It’s super bizarre, really weird, never thought in my life that one of my first pushes would be alongside Ted Cruz.”

While the bill is still in the early stage of development, it is an important act of bipartisanship between the two lawmakers.

Published in IJR Red


  1. Cruz, trying to stay relevant (pick me. PICK ME!), wants to do what he can to make birth control too expensive for poor and disadvantaged women to buy. If they make it over-the-counter, then lots of plans won’t cover its expense.

    I see what you are trying to do, Cruz. You can’t confuse me.

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