An unlikely partnership blossomed between political opponents on Twitter after Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) and Senator Ted Cruz (R-Texas) agreed to work on new legislation to reform lobbying regulations.
The interaction began after Ocasio-Cortez criticized laws that allowed retired members of Congress to become lobbyists immediately upon entering the private sector.
“If you are a member of Congress + leave, you shouldn’t be allowed to turn right around&leverage your service for a lobbyist check,” Ocasio-Cortez tweeted. “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,” she added.
Sen. Cruz responded that he agreed with his otherwise ideologically opposed colleague in Congress.
“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,” tweeted Cruz.
“The Swamp would hate it, but perhaps a chance for some bipartisan cooperation?” he added.
Ocasio-Cortez responded soon after.
“Let’s make a deal,” she tweeted. “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.”
The interaction received praise from many, both on left and right, for seeking bipartisan agreement to reform government. And it happened on Twitter.
Here’s a video on the bipartisan Twitter moment:
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ted Cruz Want To Work Together On A Bill