On Thursday, the freshman Democrat proposed working on legislation with the Republican Cruz to ban former lawmakers working as lobbyists after leaving office.
In a tweet responding to Ocasio-Cortez earlier in the day, Cruz noted his longtime support for a lifetime ban on the so-called “revolving door of K Street.”
Public Citizen, a government watchdog group, released a reporton Thursday that found that nearly 60 percent of lawmakers who left office after the 115th Congress are working as lobbyists or in positions that allow them to influence federal policy.
Under current law, former members of Congress must wait at least one year before working as lobbyists. Ex-senators must sit on the sidelines for at least two years.