Ted Cruz Agrees With Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez On A Lifetime Ban On Former Members Of Congress Becoming Lobbyists
“I don’t think it should be legal at all to become a corporate lobbyist if you’ve served in Congress,” said Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) in a tweet on Thursday. ”At minimum there should be a long wait period.”
Ocasio-Cortez’s tweet comes after Public Citizen reported that about 60 percent of members of Congress, who have now taken jobs outside of politics, are lobbying or have jobs influencing federal policy.
“I agree with AOC indeed,” said Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) in a tweet response to Ocasio-Cortez. “I have long called for a LIFETIME BAN on former Members of Congress becoming lobbyists.”
President hopeful Andrew Yang has a similar policy proposal on his website that would raise the salaries of government officials and the president in exchange to be barred from accepting speaking fees, working as a lobbyist and/or accepting a board position.
Presidential candidate and United States Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass) has introduced a bill that would include a lifetime ban on lobbying for Members of Congress, Presidents, Vice Presidents, federal judges and Cabinet Secretaries.
“If you’re serious about a clean bill, then I’m down,” said Ocasio-Cortez on twitter replying to Cruz. “Just a straight clean ban on members of Congress becoming paid lobbyists then I’ll co-lead the bill with you.”