No one can claim that progressive darling Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Tea Party stalwart Sen. Ted Cruz are ideological allies. But apparently some issues are still capable of bridging the ever-widening partisan divide. In a rare showing of bipartisanship, Ocasio-Cortez and Cruz hatched a plot on Twitter Thursday to take on the popular trend of lawmakers becoming lobbyists. With a single digital exchange, the unlikely duo agreed to get legislation going that would ban the legislator-turned-lobbyist progression—and quickly got some of their other colleagues on board in the process.
The improbable partnership got started after Ocasio-Cortez shared a Public Citizen article on Twitter discussing the large percentage of former members of Congress who had already turned to lobbying. “If you are a member of Congress + leave, you shouldn’t be allowed to turn right around&leverage your service for a lobbyist check,” Ocasio-Cortez tweeted. “I don’t think it should be legal at ALL to become a corporate lobbyist if you’ve served in Congress.” Cruz chimed in, saying, “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 Texas senator continued. “The Swamp would hate it, but perhaps a chance for some bipartisan cooperation?”