‘I AGREE With AOC’: Cruz Teams Up With Ocasio-Cortez on New Proposal in Rare Moment of Bipartisanship

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Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) have agreed to team up on a new policy proposal.

The policy would go after politicians who become lobbyists soon after leaving office. This is extremely common, with a Public Citizen report claiming 60% of former members from the 115th Congress found jobs at lobbying firms.

Ocasio-Cortez explained her issue with the practice in a tweet on Wednesday, saying that she didn’t believe the connections made in Congress should be used for a paycheck right after they leave.

“If you are a member of Congress + leave, you shouldn’t be allowed to turn right around & leverage your service for a lobbyist check,” said Ocasio-Cortez. “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.”

Cruz replied, saying that he agreed with the congresswoman.

“Here’s something I don’t say often: on this point, I AGREE with [Ocasio-Cortez],” tweeted Cruz. “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?”

While Ocasio-Cortez has been extremely critical of Republican lawmakers in the past, she asked Cruz if he wanted to work with her on sponsoring a bill.

“[Ted Cruz] if you’re serious about a clean bill, then I’m down,” said Ocasio-Cortez. “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.”

In a rare show of bipartisanship, Cruz agreed to work with her to create the proposal. If the ban is passed, it could alter the way lobbying firms are run.

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Cathy is confused.

Term limits are applied in each election, if the voters do their job right.

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cathy

would be GREAT if they would co-sponsor a bill on term limits also!!!

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