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"Let's make a deal," said Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, New York.
"You're on," said Ted Cruz, R-Texas.
The two lawmakers who have often been in conflict with each other found common ground in a place that often highlights polarizing opinions: Twitter. It was here that Cruz and Ocasio-Cortez promised to set aside their differences and work together on new lobbying restrictions for legislators. Now, an unlikely coalition is formed around their joint efforts.
It started when Ocasio-Cortez tweeted Thursday morning that members of Congress should not be allowed to become lobbyists.
should be a long wait, "she wrote. Ocasio-Cortez quoted a statistic from public citizens, where the lawyer group reported that among former congressmen moving to non-politics jobs, nearly 60% begin to lobby or otherwise
It didn't take long after Cruz to chime in. "19659008" Here's something I don't often say: on this point, I agree with Ocasio-Cortez, Cruz said. He continued to say that he has long called for a lifetime ban on former congressional members who become lobbyists. "" The sponge would hate it, but perhaps a chance for some two-party cooperation? " he asked
By early afternoon, Ocasio said -Cortez that she would propose a bill with Cruz – if there were no "partisan snuck-in clauses", there were no poison pills "
Cruz, who previously argued with freshman Democrat on Twitter, agreed .
At least one politician from each side of the time came to support their covenant: Sen. Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii, tweeted "IN" and Rep. Chip Roy, R-Texas, offered to lead or co-sponsor a bill in the house.
Craig Holman, who lobbies on ethics, campaign funding and lobbying on behalf of the public, told the NPR it is "encouraging" that Cruz and Ocasio-Cortez moved to the bridge of the deep partisan division.
"I'm not sure if Congress will be willing to adopt their proposed lifetime ban" Ho lman said in an email. He added, "but the sheer fact of a left and right agreement that the revolving door is a serious problem to be solved, will move the ball forward."
Neither Cruz nor Ocasio-Cortez & # 39; s offices responded promptly to a question from the NPR about whether their employees had begun to co-operate on potential legislation.
Washington's so-called turning door has spun for years. Thousands of former congressmen have moved to careers affecting the federal government on behalf of businesses, according to OpenSecrets.
Of the nearly four dozen lawmakers who left the office in the wake of the 2016 election, one in six lobbyists, " the Atlantic reported. The magazine said the figure was even higher after the 2014 mid-term When "about one in four became lobbyists."
In the executive department, at least 187 political nominees of the Trump administration had previously worked as federal lobbyists, ProPublica reported last year, and many of them were placed in oversight posts. The same industries that had once lobbied.
Senators leaving the office cannot become lobbyists for two years under a law passed in 2007. In Parliament, representatives are facing a one-year cooling-off period.  "The difference was due to a reform effort led by Sen Sen. Obama returned under the Law of Honest Leadership and Open Government from 2007, "said Holman about this effort." We tried to secure two years for both chambers along with a ban on strategic advice during the two-year cooling-off period, but the House Committee chairmen revolted and knocked down revolt restrictions for the Parliament. "