GOP Launches Website Where Public Can ‘Cosponsor’ Bills

June 5, 2013 - 12:12 PM

Eric Cantor

House Majority Whip Eric Cantor (R-Va.) (CNSNews.com/Penny Starr)

(CNSNews.com) – House Republicans Tuesday announced the launch of a new website that allows the public to “cosponsor” legislation and is intended to expand the conversation on public policy to the nation.

Cosponsor.gov “is a program and a website designed to engender a national conversation online about legislation we are considering here in congress,” House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) said at a press conference.

“It is yet another example of our trying to live up to the commitment of transparency – the fact that it is a government that belongs to the people, and they ought to know what is going on,” Cantor said, adding that with many Americans calling for more government transparency, this website is intended to further expose the inner-workings of Washington.

The website creates the transparency “involving the people that we represent in their government in Washington,” according to Cantor.

Cosponsor.gov works much like signing a online petition. Individuals can go to the website and choose to sponsor any piece of legislation submitted to Congress, whether by a Republican or a Democrat.

Cantor hopes that many people will become involved in “cosponsoring” legislation and rallying behind legislation they support.

Once people sign up or cosponsor a piece of legislation, it can then be followed throughout the entire legislative process.