House GOP unveils website allowing public to ‘co-sponsor’ bills

House Republicans are launching a new website aimed at engaging citizens in the legislative process by allowing them to “co-sponsor” bills introduced in Congress.

Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) touted the new site, cosponsor.gov, at a press conference Tuesday.

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“This is a program and a website designed to engender a national conversation online about legislation that we’re considering here in Congress,” Cantor said. “It is yet another example of our trying to live up to the commitment of transparency, the fact that this is a government that belongs to the people, and they ought to know what’s going on.”

The site will allow users to track legislation as it goes through committee and to the floor, and it could give lawmakers an idea of which proposals are gaining traction outside the Beltway.

“Hopefully what we will see is a lot of activity in that regard,” Cantor said.

The site will include every bill introduced by both Republicans and Democrats, Cantor wrote in a separate blog post detailing the initiative.