Ocasio-Cortez to Cruz: 'Let's make a deal'

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezOcasio-Cortez rips de Blasio after police cruiser drives into crowd of protestors NYPD police cruisers lurch through group of demonstrators protesting Floyd's death States respond with force amid another night of protests MORE (D-N.Y.) has a message for Sen. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzGOP deeply divided over Trump's social media crackdown Hillicon Valley: Twitter flags Trump tweet for 'glorifying violence' | Cruz calls for criminal investigation into Twitter over alleged sanctions violations | Senators urge FTC to investigate TikTok child privacy issues Cruz calls for criminal investigation into Twitter over alleged Iranian sanction violations MORE: "Let's make a deal."

The freshman congresswoman was responding to a tweet Thursday from the Texas Republican in which he said he agreed with her that it should be illegal for former members of Congress to become corporate lobbyists.

“If you’re serious about a clean bill, then I’m down. Let’s make a deal," Ocasio-Cortez, one of the most prominent members of her party’s progressive wing, tweeted in response to the conservative senator.


"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,” she added.

“I have long called for a LIFETIME BAN on former Members of Congress becoming lobbyists,” Cruz had tweeted earlier Thursday. “The Swamp would hate it, but perhaps a chance for some bipartisan cooperation?”

Later that day he replied to Ocasio-Cortez with two words: "You're on."



Sen. Michael BennetMichael Farrand BennetWarren condemns 'horrific' Trump tweet on Minneapolis protests, other senators chime in Senate Democrat introduces bill to protect food supply Congress headed toward unemployment showdown MORE (D-Colo.), who is running for president, also voiced his support for the idea. He invited the two to sign onto his legislation banning members of Congress from becoming lobbyists, saying it would “slam the revolving door shut once and for all.”

“It's not every day you see the three of us on the same page," he wrote.

Bennet had gone viral in January for a Senate floor speech during the partial government shutdown in which he accused Cruz of having “crocodile tears” for first responders going without paychecks during the shutdown.

Cruz hit back earlier this month after Bennet announced his presidential bid, saying the Colorado Democrat had mounted “a campaign about nothing.”