Sen. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzO'Rourke prepping run for governor in Texas: report Support for Abbott plunging in Texas: poll White House debates vaccines for air travel MORE (R-Texas) said Thursday that he agrees with Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezMcCarthy on Dems' spending bill: 'The amount of money we spent to win World War II' On The Money — Presented by Wells Fargo — Pelosi plows full speed ahead on jam-packed agenda Photos of the Week: Renewable energy, gymnast testimonies and a Met Gala dress MORE (D-N.Y.) about putting in place a lifetime ban on former members of Congress becoming lobbyists.
Ocasio-Cortez tweeted that former members “shouldn’t be allowed to turn right around&leverage your service for a lobbyist check,” adding that she prefers for former members to not be able to lobby at all.
Cruz, a conservative, tweeted that he agreed with her, which he admitted is something he doesn’t say often about the progressive lawmaker on the other end of the political spectrum.
“Indeed, I have long called for a LIFETIME BAN on former Members of Congress becoming lobbyists,” Cruz wrote.
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? https://t.co/jPW0xkH2Yy— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) May 30, 2019
Senators are banned from lobbying Congress for two years after leaving office, while House members are banned for one year.
In the 2019 class of lawmakers-turned-lobbyists, 15 former members are lobbying at firms and two started their own firms, The Hill reported last week.
Ocasio-Cortez’s tweet was in response to a Public Citizen report that 59 percent, which is 26 out of 44, former members in the class of 2019 took lobbying jobs or jobs influencing policy.
Lawmakers who head to the private sector have been facing new scrutiny from critics who say former members are taking on lobbying work even when they don’t officially register to lobby.
Other lawmakers have expressed the concerns as Cruz and Ocasio-Cortez, most notably presidential hopeful Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenThe Trojan Horse of protectionism Federal Reserve officials' stock trading sparks ethics review Manchin keeps Washington guessing on what he wants MORE (D-Mass.).
She introduced a bill that includes a lifetime ban on lobbying by former lawmakers, presidents and top executive branch appointees.
Rep. Trey HollingsworthJoseph (Trey) Albert HollingsworthGOP gambles with Pelosi in opposing Jan. 6 commission The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Senate path uncertain after House approves Jan. 6 panel Hillicon Valley: Twitter flags Trump campaign tweet of Biden clip as manipulated media | Democrats demand in-person election security briefings resume | Proposed rules to protect power grid raise concerns MORE (R-Ind.) introduced legislation in February that would ban former members of Congress from registering to become lobbyists.