The last time that Sen. Ted Cruz, R-T.X., described the Democrats, he called them “bat-crap crazy.”
Now, Cruz finds himself cutting a deal with an unlikely lawmaker…. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y.
Cruz reached across the aisle and respond to the congressional Democrat over a crucial political issue.
“Indeed, I have long called for a LIFETIME BAN on former Members of Congress becoming lobbyists,” Cruz responded to an Ocasio-Cortez tweet late last week. “The Swamp would hate it, but perhaps a chance for some bipartisanship cooperation?”
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. The Swamp would hate it, but perhaps a chance for some bipartisan cooperation? https://t.co/jPW0xkH2Yy
— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) May 30, 2019
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To which Ocasio-Cortez responded with what seems like the unthinkable —
.@tedcruz if you’re serious about a clean bill, then I’m down.
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. https://t.co/AZTbmdSexv
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) May 30, 2019
Lawmakers who turn into lobbyists after Congress is popular among D.C. politicians, as a way to cash in on the so-called “swamp.”
Under the laws that exist now, a congressman who leaves office is only required to wait a year before becoming a lobbyist Former senators only need to wait two years.
It’s known around Washington D.C. as the “revolving door”, an overwhelming amount of politicians leave Capitol Hill and become wealthy lobbyists.
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Cruz has been trying to ban the practice for years. With Ocasio-Cortez’ help, he’s getting backing on both sides of the aisle, according to NPR.
Sen. Chip Roy, R-T.X. suggested he’d happily lead or co-sponsor a bill.
Sen. Brian Schatz, D-H.I., simply wrote in response to the deal, “IN.”
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