Ocasio-Cortez: I never thought one of my first legislative pushes would be alongside Ted Cruz

Freshman Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezDemocrats working to ensure Trump's second term Ocasio-Cortez announces slate of all-female congressional endorsements Ocasio-Cortez defends Warren against 'misogynist trope' MORE (D-N.Y.) joked on Thursday that she never thought one of her first legislative pushes would be alongside Sen. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzPompeo to speak to influential conservative group in Iowa Top National Security Council aide moved to Energy Department role Ted Cruz takes aim at Alabama vasectomy bill: 'Yikes' MORE (R-Texas). 

“It’s super bizarre, really weird, never thought in my life that one of my first pushes would be alongside Ted Cruz,” she told The Young Turks's Rebel HQ in an interview published Thursday.

The two announced this week that their offices are holding staff-level meetings on efforts to pass a lifetime ban on former lawmakers lobbying.


“I think it really shows what the true spirit of not being partisan is,” Ocasio-Cortez added. “Bipartisanship doesn’t mean let’s come together to go to war and lower taxes on the rich, but bipartisanship means OK I will swallow all of my distaste in this situation because we have found a common interest.”

The bipartisan efforts between the unlikely duo came after the Texas Republican said he agreed with his New York colleague that it should be illegal for former members of Congress to become corporate lobbyists.

“I have long called for a LIFETIME BAN on former Members of Congress becoming lobbyists,” Cruz tweeted last week to Ocasio-Cortez. “The Swamp would hate it, but perhaps a chance for some bipartisan cooperation?”

“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.

Lobbyists and K Street-watchers expressed skepticism to The Hill this week, saying that they have seen similar efforts fail in the past. Lobbyists said any bill would be a long-shot bid and, if passed, could face a fierce challenge in the courts.