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June 17, 2019

Ted Cruz asks Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez to team up on legislation making over-the-counter birth control legal

June 13, 2019
Sen. Ted Cruz wants to team up with Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez again. (Getty)

The most unexpected duo in Congress is back for round two.

Texas Sen. Ted Cruz asked New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez on Wednesday to team up on legislation that would make birth control available over the counter — less than two weeks after the two polar political opposites joined forces on an anti-lobbying bill.

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“I agree,” Cruz, one of the most conservative Republicans in Congress, tweeted in response to a post from the Bronx-born democratic socialist proposing to make over-the-counter birth control legal.

Cruz continued, “Perhaps, in addition to the legislation we are already working on together to ban Members of Congress from becoming lobbyists, we can team up here as well. A simple, clean bill making birth control available over the counter. Interested?”

“That would be great,” Ocasio-Cortez spokesman Corbin Trent told the Daily News in response to Cruz’s question.

However, Trent pointed out that Rep. Ayanna Pressley (D-Mass.) has already introduced the bill that Cruz wants to potentially cosponsor in the Senate.

Pressley picked up where Trent left off and reached out to Cruz directly.

“Hi there,” Pressley tweeted at the Texas Republican. “Hit up our girl Patty Murray. She and I have already written the bill.”

Murray, a Democratic senator representing Washington, also threw her Twitter handle into the bipartisan social media fest, tweeting at Cruz, “Ayanna Pressley is exactly right. We’d all love to have your support for accessible *AND* affordable OTC birth control. Will get you the details.”

A spokeswoman for Cruz did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

However, if Cruz is as chipper for bipartisanship as he was two weeks ago, the bill could prove successful.

Ocasio-Cortez and Cruz quickly recruited several co-sponsors in both chambers after they joined forces over Twitter on May 30 to introduce a bill that would impose a lifetime ban on members of Congress becoming political lobbyists.

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“And that’s just in a few hours,” Ocasio-Cortez tweeted after they had gotten Sen. Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii) and Rep. Chip Roy (R-Texas) to throw their support behind the anti-lobbying measure. “There will surely be more from both parties to sign on. Nice.”

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