What Comes Next?
On May 30, 2019, an unlikely agreement between Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Sen. Ted Cruz appeared to take place on Twitter. Ocasio-Cortez tweeted that members of Congress should be banned from becoming corporate lobbyists or should at least be subjected to a waiting period following their congressional service. Ocasio-Cortez cited a statistic from Public Citizen, in which the advocacy group reported that among former Congress members who move to jobs outside of politics, nearly 60% start lobbying or otherwise influencing federal policy. After Cruz weighed in expressing his agreement with Ocasio-Cortez’s proposal, Ocasio-Cortez proposed a deal to co-lead a bill with Cruz. Cruz’s response? “You’re on.”
Tweets, Lobbying, and Loopholes: A Pragmatic Approach to Lobbying Reform,
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