“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.”
— Eric Cantor (@GOPLeader) June 4, 2013
The project intends to list all legislation introduced in the House and allows you, via a connection to your Facebook account, either follow or cosponsor the bills. The effort is the latest in the GOP’s effort to catch up with constituent engagement via social media. The application allows you to share the legislation you are following or cosponsoring with your friends list on Facebook, as well.
The hopes that legislation will garner more public attention by employing the most popular social media outlet is a good start for constituent engagement. The full text of many ( but not all) bills are a click away from cosponsor.gov, as well as sponsoring representative(s) names. Ideally, I would like to see a link to the sponsoring Representative’s website and / or Twitter account, as well.
Just a quick social media tip to the project managers: Having a way to tweet your support of a particular bill, directly from the page, would be a relatively simple and effective addition, if the goal really is more citizen knowledge and engagement. (Please just remove the cost of my consulting services from my tax liability for 2013. Thanks.)