AOC & Ted Cruz Strike Twitter Pact on Banning Lawmakers From Becoming Lobbyists – Would You Support the Plan?
Should former lawmakers be banned from lobbying?
by Causes | 5.31.19
What’s the story?
- Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) and Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) struck a deal over twitter to work together on passing a lifetime ban on former members of Congress becoming lobbyists.
- Current ethics laws ban members of Congress from registering as lobbyists for a year (House) or two (Senate) after leaving office, but “the laws are loosely enforced and rife with loopholes,” the Washington Post explains.
How’d the deal come about?
AOC, a self-described democratic socialist, tweeted a report by watchdog group Public Citizen on the substantial number of former lawmakers who’ve taken lobbying or policy-influencing jobs.
"If you are a member of Congress + leave, you shouldn’t be allowed to turn right around&leverage your service for a lobbyist check," Ocasio-Cortez wrote. "At minimum there should be a long wait period."
About an hour later, Cruz, a staunch conservative, responded with:
“Here’s something I don’t say often: on this point, I AGREE with @AOC Indeed, I have long called for a LIFETIME BAN on former Members of Congress becoming lobbyists. The Swamp would hate it, but perhaps a chance for some bipartisan cooperation?”
The freshman Democrat replied: "If you're serious about a clean bill, then I'm down. Let's make a deal."
"You're on," Cruz replied.
What are people saying?
- A handful of bipartisan lawmakers quickly agreed to co-sponsor the AOC-Cruz legislation.
- Craig Holman of Public Citizen, whose work spurred this strange bedfellowing, called the potential legislation “refreshing.”
- “Cruz and AOC willing to work together on revolving door abuses is quite a surprise, but it looks real,” he told the Post.
“They are talking about sponsoring legislation to impose a lifetime ban on members of Congress ever serving as paid lobbyists once they retire from public service. I don’t know how politically feasible this legislation would be, but it is a great starting point for some meaningful ethics reforms.”
What do you think?
Should the government pass a lifetime ban on former members of Congress becoming lobbyists? Take action and tell your reps, then share your thoughts below.
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