Ted Cruz and Ocasio-Cortez team up to combat corruption in Washington

American congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez returned to her restaurant roots on Friday, donning an apron and serving drinks in Manhattan in a push to raise the country's minimum wage. Along with the study, she shared a message that "if you are a member of Congress + leave, you shouldn't be allowed to turn right around & leverage your service for a lobbyist check".

At a bare minimum, Ocasio-Cortez suggested that there should be a longer wait period. "Indeed, I have long called for a LIFETIME BAN on former Members of Congress becoming lobbyists", Cruz said in his tweet. While Cruz noted that the "swamp would hate it", he said it could nevertheless serve as an opportunity for "bipartisan cooperation".

The freshman Democrat took office in January after running an efficient grassroots campaign in the party primary where she unseated former Representative Joe Crowley, who was the fourth-ranking Democrat in the House and a 10-term congressman in NY.

In an ambitious bipartisan effort, the two seemingly opposite legislators found common ground in their disapproval of former members of Congress wielding their influence in new careers as government lobbyists.

The video featured an image of the freshman Democrat - a frequent target of conservatives because of her advocacy for programs such as a Green New Deal to combat climate change - superimposed over audio of a speech given by President Ronald Reagan warning against the "enemies of freedom". She added that she would co-lead the bill with Cruz if there are "no partisan snuck-in clauses, no poison pills, etc".

But the location for the boozy event - The Queensboro in Jackson Heights - doesn't exactly cater to Ocasio-Cortez's working class constituents.

Ocasio-Cortez was promoting of the "One Fair Wage" campaign, which is calling for a raise to the federal hourly minimum wage to $15 for service workers.

In cities such as New York, San Francisco and Chicago, she said, the minimum wage should be higher, to support the "runaway costs" of living.

Roy tweeted at Ocasio-Cortez that his staff would be reaching out to hers.

Ocasio-Cortez seemed to address Cruz in her general retort accusing her Republican critics of missing her point.

"She's interested in people with criminal records being able to get housing". "I couldn't disagree more". Being curious about other people's values helps.


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