The name of this application makes it sound like it enables people to introduce their own legislation in Congress, but the Citizen Cosponsor Project stops just short of that.
That doesn’t make it any less cool in using Facebook’s open graph actions so that people can follow the lawmaking process and share affinities with friends on the social network.
U.S. House Majority Leader Eric Cantor appears in a video explaining the Citizen Cosponsor Project, embedded at the bottom of this post.
He said in a press release about the new app:
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. With the simple click of a button, Citizen Cosponsors will become a part of the deliberative process, using the same social networks they already rely on in their everyday lives.
Effectively communicating with the people we represent is a fundamental responsibility of what we do as elected officials. Since I came to Congress, I have made it my priority to open the channels of communication between constituents and their Members of Congress. I am proud of the continued progress the House Republican Majority has made toward increasing transparency, visibility and participation in the legislative process.
Readers, does this seem like an app you’d want to use?