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Co-Sponsor A Bill In Congress With A Facebook App

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March 21st, 2012

Citizen Cosponsor will let Facebook users cosponsor legislation in Congress. Via Mashable.

Facebook isn't just for avoiding old classmates from high school that you were never friends with to begin with or stalking former flames. Now you can co-sponsor a Congressional bill with just one click one of a mouse.

The app is called Citizen Cosponsor and it comes to us via House Majority Leader Eric Cantor. The office of the Republican from Virginia funded the project.

And while it's not exactly the same as how a Congressman co-sponsors a bill, it does allow Facebook users to show their support for a bill. After clicking to show their support, a user would receive updates on the bill's status like hearing about it's passage through committees and if it comes up for a vote. Facebook will also show off a user's support of a bill to all of the user's friends.

The intention is to create more engagement between voters and their government. Rep. Cantor said, “We are dedicated to modernizing the way Congress connects with the American people. Citizen Cosponsor breaks ground by directly connecting people with the work the House is doing every day.”

The app is in beta, right now Facebook users can only show their support for a bill. They can't suggest any changes to their representative. Plus, only six bills are on the app right now, five of them sponsored by the republicans.

“We have a startup mentality to it,” said Matt Lira, director of new media for Rep. Cantor. “When Twitter first started, it was just going to be for cell phones, now it is what it is today. It’s evolutionary, so you want to see how users use it and if the engagement justifies it, we’ll expand it out.”

[via Mashable]

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