USA Today: Cruz and Ocasio-Cortez found common ground. Americans craving civility want more of this.News|7.11.19
It’s nearly impossible to find two people who are further apart politically than Democratic Rep. Alexandra Ocasio-Cortez of New York and Republican Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas. But recently, the unlikely allies found common ground in calling for a lifetime ban on former members of Congress becoming lobbyists. Soon after, Republican Rep. Chip Roy of Texas and Democratic Sen. Brian Schatz of Hawaii joined them, volunteering to be co-sponsors. Now, the Ocasio-Cortez and Cruz legislative teams are meeting to develop the specifics of a bill.
This isn’t the version of Congress that the country sees on cable news — where lawmaking is depicted as a zero-sum fight to see who wins and who loses. With all the negativity focused on Washington, it’s easy to believe that voters are more interested in the stories about food fights.
But the surprising fact about the compromise between Ocasio-Cortez and Cruz is that when you ask Americans what they want to see in Washington, they’re very clear: They strongly prefer common ground over fiery disagreements. And it isn’t even close.