In a rare display of solidarity with a Democrat, Ted Cruz voiced his support of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez after she said former congress members shouldn’t be lobbyists.
The New York congresswoman took to Twitter where she shared a Public Citizen video, which showed nearly 60 per cent of former members of the 115th congress "who have taken jobs outside of politics are now lobbying or have other jobs influencing federal policy".
AOC wrote: “If you are a member of Congress + leave, you shouldn’t be allowed to turn right around & leverage your service for a lobbyist check.
“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.
This isn’t the first time she has spoken about placing restricts on former congress members becoming lobbyists, and it looks like she’s found herself a supporter in Republican Ted Cruz.
The former presidential nominee shared her tweet on his own page and responded in support: “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?
Are they…are they going to drain the swamp together?
People are very confused about how to feel.
Some people are celebrating a moment of bipartisanship.
Ted Cruz critics are having a bit of an identity crisis.
In fact, AOC critics are a bit baffled, too.
It's all confusing.
As it stands, lawmakers in the Senate have to wait two years after they leave office to engage in lobbying, whereas former House members have to wait one year.
Let’s see how long this tentative Twittership lasts.