AOC Calls for Ban on Revolving Door for Lawmakers Who Become Lobbyists

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Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., blocked a conservative news Web site on Twitter after it confronted her about her hypocrisy on the Green New Deal.

It started when Ocasio-Cortez tweeted Thursday morning that members of Congress shouldn't be allowed to become corporate lobbyists.

"I don't think it should be legal at ALL to become a corporate lobbyist if you've served in Congress", Ocasio-Cortez wrote. At minimum there should be a long wait period, ' she tweeted. "The Swamp would hate it, but perhaps a chance for some bipartisan cooperation?", he tweeted.

Ocasio-Cortez and Cruz found themselves in rare agreement on social media when they discussed on Twitter their common dislike of former lawmakers who use their ties to Capitol Hill to make money as lobbyists.

Senators who leave office can not become lobbyists for two years, under a law that was adopted in 2007.

Meadows did not respond publicly to Ocasio-Cortez's tweet. The nature of congressional pay and the necessities of the work, Ocasio-Cortez said, make the easy money of lobbying very attractive to members of Congress.

However there are some restrictions already in place on the former members: there is a one-year "cooling off" period for the House and two-year "cooling off" period for the Senate where the former lawmakers can not lobbying current members of Congress. She added that she would co-lead the bill with Cruz if there are "no partisan snuck-in clauses, no poison pills, etc".

Ocasio-Cortez quickly responded by stating that she would team up with Cruz on the condition that the bill remains free of any hidden partisan language.

Among those that made the switch are former Rep. Joe Crowley, the Democrat who Ocasio-Cortez unseated, and former Rep. Mike Capuano, a Suffolk County, Massachusetts Democrat whose progressive credentials weren't enough to stop now-Rep.

"You're on", Cruz replied. Also in 2017, Senator Jon Tester of Montana introduced legislation that would ban lawmakers from lobbying their former colleagues until five years after leaving office, but it failed to gain traction.

"And that's just in a few hours - there will surely be more from both parties to sign on".

Ocasio-Cortez said she worked as a restaurant hostess starting at age 16 and later as part of the wait staff, where she was forced to endure sexual harassment, such as inappropriate comments or touching from customers.

She shared a video of Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson saying he agreed with her that people with criminal records should be able to get housing. You don't have to abandon your principles to agree.

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