‘Let’s make a deal’: Rep. Ocasio-Cortez and Sen. Cruz find rare common ground on lobbyist proposal

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Two lawmakers on opposite ends of the political spectrum have found a rare point of agreement.

The unlikely alliance started on Twitter when U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez shared her opinion on former lawmakers becoming lobbyists.

“I don’t think it should be legal at ALL to become a corporate lobbyist if you’ve served in Congress,” the New York Democrat wrote.

Sen. Ted Cruz, a frequent political foe, cited her comment as a possible “chance for some bipartisan cooperation” between the two legislators.

“Let’s make a deal,” Ocasio-Cortez responded. “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.”

The Texas Republican replied: “You’re on.”

Under current laws, U.S. representatives are banned from lobbying Congress for one year after leaving office; senators are banned for two years.