Politician harnesses the power of social media to allow citizen to cosponsor bills.
Social media use is now widespread (it has been for a couple years) but you know we are living in a new era when politicos jump on the bandwagon. House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) has just relaunched Cosponsor.gov in conjunction with Facebook to allow the public to support and track any legislation that goes through the House of Representatives.
In order to cosponsor legislation, users must sign into Facebook and allow the app access. They can then view any bill and register support by cosponsoring. Once they’ve cosponsored a bill or resolution, users will receive regular notifications via Facebook as to its progress. Cantor unveiled a version of the website last year, but it featured Republican-only sponsored bills. In its newest iteration, Cosponsor.gov allows viewing of any bill that is currently going through the gamut in the House.
In a statement, Cantor said:
As House Majority Leader, I am committed to exploring new and innovative ways to foster a national conversation and improve communication between the American people and their elected officials. [Cosponsor.gov] will now feature every bill and resolution introduced in the House, from Republicans and Democrats. I’m excited that any engaged citizen can voice their support, and track the status of legislation in the House.
The website allows for unparalleled online transparency in policy-making, unique because it was created by those in government. Visitors can browse Cosponsor.org based on bill titles, authors or subject and discover legislation they didn’t even know was under discussion. One major flaw of the new site is its lack of space for debate. While you can cosponsor a bill, there is no forum for dispute. It seems those who want their voices to be heard if they are in disagreement with Congress, will have to log off Facebook.
See Cantor explain Cosponsor.gov in the video below: