Cruz, AOC want a birth control bill. But they're having trouble with the details

Rick Childress, McClatchy Washington Bureau on

Published in Political News

WASHINGTON -- Sen. Ted Cruz, a conservative movement star, wants to team up with Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the rising star among Democratic ' progressives.

It won't be easy.

Cruz, a Texas Republican, offered on Twitter to join the New York Democrat on a "simple, clean" bill that would make birth control available for sale over the counter.

Cruz has not elaborated on what a "simple, clean" bill would look like, but Ocasio-Cortez told McClatchy she was concerned that a Republican-backed measure would not include provisions for insurance coverage for over-the-counter birth control.

She was also worried that that backing a "pure, clean" bill to make birth control available for sale over the counter could make the contraceptives too expensive for many Americans to afford. It's not clear if a bill would maintain the current law requiring insurance coverage for birth control with a prescription.

This wasn't the first time Cruz and Ocasio-Cortez have tried to team up.


Last month, they agreed on Twitter to work to introduce a bill that would ban former members of Congress from becoming lobbyists.

Cruz, a second-term senator, ran for the Republican presidential nomination in 2016. Although he lost to President Donald Trump, he won a big following among staunch conservatives.

Ocasio-Cortez won her first congressional term last year, upsetting veteran Rep. Joseph Crowley. Her outspokenness and liberal views have made her immensely popular with some Democrats.

It's unclear why Cruz approached Ocasio-Cortez about the birth control effort, and his office did not return requests for comment.


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