Politics can make weird friends.
And that happened on Thursday when one of the most unlikely pair of lawmakers discovered a problem they could agree on – the closing of Washington & # 39; s famous revolving door.
Conservative Senate Ted Cruz and Liberal Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez agreed to work together on legislation prohibiting lawmakers from lobbying after leaving Capitol Hill.
The duo – on the other side of the political spectrum – found a common basis on Twitter when Ocasio-Cortez complained that existing legislators should not become registered lobbyists.
The unlikely duo of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Ted Cruz work together to close the famous revolving door in Washington
& # 39; If you are a member of Congress + when you leave, you should not have the opportunity to turn right and use your service for a lobbyist check. I don't think it should ONLY be legal to become a business lobbyist if you've served in Congress. At least there should be a long wait, & she tweeted.
Cruz – in a rare moment of bipartisanism – agreed with the New York Democrat.
& # 39; Here's something I don't say often: at this point I agree with @AOC. I have indeed argued for a LIFETIME PROHIBITION that former members of Congress become lobbyists. The swamp would hate it, but maybe an opportunity for a two-way collaboration?, & He wrote.
Ocasio-Cortez replied that she would like to cooperate with the Republican senator.
& # 39 ;. @ tedcruz if you are serious about a clean bill, then i'm down. Let's make a deal. If we can agree on a bill without partisan carelessness clauses, no poison pills, etc. – just a straightforward, clean ban for members of Congress to become paid lobbyists – I will lead the bill with you, & # 39; they .
& # 39; You're on, & # 39; he replied.
It is a weird combination to say the least: Ocasio-Cortez is the youngest member of the congress and the new face from the left having a chat during dinner on Instagram videos & # 39; s. Cruz is a second-term senator, loved by the law, who is more at ease in smoke-filled rooms than on social media.
The dual bond was fueled when Ocasio-Cortez quoted a report from the watchdog group Public citizen – which showed that 59 percent of the legislators who had left office in January – 26 out of 44 – had a job at a lobby company.
It is common for former lawmakers to cash in on many years of experience with Capitol Hill to work for lobby groups, think tanks, or law firms.
And former lawmakers have an advantage over other lobbyists in that they have floor privileges – meaning they can go to the home or the senate room to talk to their former colleagues.
However, there are a number of restrictions that already apply to former members: there is a one-year "cooling-off" period for the House and a two-year cooling-off period for the Senate, where former legislators cannot lobby with current members of Congress .
Yet their connections and expertise get the salaries of K Street legislators well above their $ 174,000 annual salary for Congress.
How Cruz and Ocasio-Cortez will continue in their search is unclear. They could apply to existing legislation or write their own. And no details have been released as to whether they will propose a lifelong ban on lobbying or stricter restrictions. It is unknown whether they talked past the tweets.
Neither office responded to DailyMail.com's request for comment.
Republican Rep. Chip Roy (left) and Democratic Sen. Brian Schatz (right) join Ocasio-Cortez and Cruz
But togetherness is a clear change of pace compared to an earlier Twitter tiff between the two.
At the beginning of April, Ocasio-Cortez regretted that & # 39; Croissants at LaGuardia went for SEVEN DOLLARS A PIECE & # 39; and & # 39; Yet some feel that personal, dedicated human labor is too expensive for $ 15 for an hour? & # 39;
Cruz snarled back: & # 39; Oh humanity! Here's the answer: FREE CROISSANTS FOR EVERYONE mandated by the government. And we simply force the bakers to give all their time for free. & # 39;
Ocasio-Corte's response did not mention Cruz, but turned out to be his tweet: & It is not an argument against the price of a croissant – it is about the value of human value. But I think that that idea is strange to them, because their policies treat people like disposable items anyway. & # 39;
The Texas Senator has also destroyed Ocasio-Cortez's distinctive legislation – The Green New Deal, saying that it would destroy the US energy sector as we know it & # 39 ;.
But their willingness to work together on Thursday inspired lawmakers from both sides of the aisle to join them.
Republican delegate Chip Roy tweeted that he would like to lead the house or otherwise co-sponsor.
And democratic senator Brian Schatz simply replied to Cruz and Ocasio-Cortez: & # 39; In. & # 39;
Ocasio-Cortez celebrated the entry of political forces, and that all happened on Twitter for four hours.
& # 39; Okay, with @brianschatz + @tedcruz we have at least one D-R team in the Senate to ban members from becoming lobbyists, and myself / @chiproytx makes at least one D-R team in the house. And that's within a few hours – there will certainly be more from both parties to sign up. Nice, & she wrote and added the emoji of the thumb.
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