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?”
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. A simple, clean bill making birth control available over the counter. Interested? https://t.co/7kh3kqxN1w
— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) June 12, 2019
The lawmaker retweeted a post in response, pointing out another congresswoman had already cosponsored a similar bill.
Hi there @tedcruz hit up our girl @pattymurray she and I have already written the bill, album dropping tomorrow 😉 @AOC's vocals (& original co sponsorship) = on point. @KatieHill4CA’s an original too. Just call it the Destiny's Child of OTC birth control https://t.co/Ri2q1Viez4
— Ayanna Pressley (@AyannaPressley) June 12, 2019
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.”
EXCLUSIVE – @AOC reveals that she is actually working with @TedCruz on anti-corruption legislation. “Our legislative teams are meeting… I think it really shows what the true spirit of not being partisan is.” –@EmmaVigeland reports.
— Rebel HQ (@TYTPolitics) June 6, 2019
“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.