On Thursday, Ocasio-Cortez tweeted that she believes members of Congress shouldn't be able to "leverage [their] service" to become lobbyists. At the very least, there should be a wait period before members head off to become corporate lobbyists.
If you are a member of Congress + leave, you shouldn’t be allowed to turn right around&leverage your service for a lobbyist check.— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) May 30, 2019
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. https://t.co/xMu9Mwmdm6
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
Ocasio-Cortez jumped at the opportunity to get business done, laying out conditions in which she'd co-lead a bill with Cruz.
.@tedcruz if you’re serious about a clean bill, then I’m down.— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) May 30, 2019
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
"You're on," Cruz replied.
Still, Twitter users were taken aback by the unlikely partnership.
The most ambitious crossover of our generation— Colon Slash (@onlybeenmyself) May 31, 2019
The world is ending because now I agree with @tedcruz agreeing with @AOC. Note to Democratic leadership - if you try something, some Republicans just might agree when you didn't expect it. Think about it. https://t.co/1rMQjF0Rlh— Cenk Uygur (@cenkuygur) May 30, 2019
This is the kind of threads that make me happy. Two people of wildly different political views come together to SOLVE problems. Lets see if they can actually work something out https://t.co/hhnZdqCX6f— Yaple [DRP] (@AlexYaple) May 30, 2019