In a blog entry posted this morning, Congressman Eric Cantor (VA-07) announced the launch of Cosponsor.Gov, a major expansion of the Citizen Cosponsor Project:
"We live in a digital world. 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.
"The launch of Cosponsor.Gov is a sweeping expansion of our Citizen Cosponsor Project. The new website 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 best part of this new website is it's accessibility and simplicity. You can search by title, sponsor or bill number or browse issue areas and the tracker shows you exactly where the bill stands.
"Whether you want to support new legislation like the Kids First Research Act or show support for legislation that has already passed the House, like the Working Families Flexibility Act, you can do so here.
"Transparency, open government and engagement should be a key goal of all elected leaders in Washington, and Cosponsor.Gov is one step in that direction. Please visit Cosponsor.Gov and tell us what you care about. We are listening."
More Information About the Citizen Cosponsor Project:
The Citizen Cosponsor Project is an innovative communications platform that brings the legislative process online to the American people. Users can show their support for and track issues and ideas they care about by becoming a Citizen Cosponsor of legislation that has been introduced in the House of Representatives. Users log in via Facebook, and when they cosponsor a bill, they can choose to share that status with their friends. Citizen Cosponsors are updated on the status of their bills through the Facebook app as they move through the various stages of the legislative process. The Citizen Cosponsor Project was developed by the Office of the House Majority Leader and is built on Facebook's Open Graph platform. It uses House #OpenData sets released through the House Majority's #OpenGov initiative. www.Cosponsor.Gov