Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) and Sen. Ted Cruz‘s (R-Texas) surprising Twitter agreement is now turning into a real collaboration between their teams, something the freshman congresswoman “never thought in [her] life” would happen.
Last week, Cruz and Ocasio-Cortez had a friendly back-and-forth where they publically agreed to start to work together on legislation that would ban members of Congress from lobbying after they leave the office.
You’re on. https://t.co/S3TBfNeO3Q
— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) May 30, 2019
Ocasio-Cortez revealed in an interview with Rebel HQ on Thursday that the collaboration process has already begun.
“Our legislative teams are meeting,” she said. “So we’re going to see how far we can push this.”
Ocasio-Cortez’s concern, however, is that former members of Congress lobbying goes deeper than she once thought and many still participate in lobbying without becoming registered lobbyists.
“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.”
The New York congresswoman also revealed that GOP Texas Congressman Chip Roy, who used to work for Cruz, reached out to her office as well to be a part of the legislative process.
“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.”
Ocasio-Cortez said she thought the work so far sent a message about the “spirit” of bipartisanship:
“…bipartisanship means OK, I will swallow all of my distaste in this situation because we have found a common interest. And common cause, I think, can transcend bipartisanship.”
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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
If Ocasio-Cortez and Cruz’s legislation collaboration ever turned into real policy, it could have a major impact on the culture of Congress. As IJR previously noted, a Public Citizen report claimed 60% of former members from the 115th Congress found jobs at lobbying firms.