Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and socialist Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez stunned America on Thursday by coming together to co-lead an ant-lobbying bill pertaining to members of Congress.
“If you are a member of Congress + leave, you shouldn’t be allowed to turn right around & leverage your service for a lobbyist check,” AOC tweeted.
She continued: “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 was seemingly in disbelief that he actually agreed with AOC on something.
“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,” Cruz responded. “The Swamp would hate it, but perhaps a chance for some bipartisan cooperation?”
That’s when something incredible happened. AOC responded with an offer to make a deal.
"@tedcruz if you’re serious about a clean bill, then I’m down. Let’s make a deal,” she tweeted.
She added: “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.”
Cruz responded with just two words: “You’re on.”
It is a rare moment of bipartisanship between two lawmakers who couldn’t be more opposed in their fundamental beliefs about politics and America.
Let’s see if the bill actually makes it to the Senate floor.