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

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezClimate change rears its ugly head, but Biden steps up to fight it Meghan McCain grills Psaki on 'hypocrisy' over migrant children facility Ocasio-Cortez slams use of robotic police dog in Bronx community MORE (D-N.Y.) has a message for Sen. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzJohn Boehner tells Cruz to 'go f--- yourself' in unscripted audiobook asides: report Huawei backs supply chain security standards in wake of SolarWinds breach The Memo: Biden faces first major setback as Tanden teeters 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 BennetDemocrats: Minimum wage isn't the only issue facing parliamentarian Democrats plan crackdown on rising drug costs Overnight Health Care: Biden officials announce funding to track virus variants | Senate Dems unveil public option proposal | White House: Teacher vaccinations not required for schools to reopen 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.”