Ted Cruz says he backs Ocasio-Cortez on lifetime lobbying ban for lawmakers

Sen. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzThe Hill's Campaign Report: 2020 Democrats trading jabs ahead of Los Angeles debate Senate Republicans air complaints to Trump administration on trade deal Senate passes Armenian genocide resolution MORE (R-Texas) said Thursday that he agrees with Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezDemocrats ask if they have reason to worry about UK result Sanders, Ocasio-Cortez to hold campaign rallies in Los Angeles, Las Vegas Overwhelming majority say social media companies have too much influence: poll 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.

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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.

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 Ann WarrenDemocrats ask if they have reason to worry about UK result Buttigieg releases list of campaign bundlers Krystal Ball rips Warren's 'passive-aggressive' swipes at rivals 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 HollingsworthOvernight Defense: House votes to block Trump arms sales to Saudis, setting up likely veto | US officially kicks Turkey out of F-35 program | Pentagon sending 2,100 more troops to border House votes to block Trump's Saudi arms sale The 27 Republicans who voted with Democrats to block Trump from taking military action against Iran MORE (R-Ind.) introduced legislation in February that would ban former members of Congress from registering to become lobbyists.