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The application, titled GovWatch, aims to increase transparency and information sharing in government. Users can interact with the Republican committee members on several social media sites, including Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, Flickr and the committee website. 

“GovWatch will help foster a more open government for the American people, putting information about transparency and oversight efforts in the palm of the taxpayer’s hand,” Chairman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) said in a release. “This app gives citizens an easy-to-use, mobile window on Washington available anytime, anywhere.” 

The House Ways and Means Committee also offers a free iPhone app. Available since March, the app allows users to more easily access the features available on the committee website. 

The app keeps users informed of the committee’s “most recent news, opinion editorials and floor statements,” according to the iTunes website. “It will also give you on-the-go access to the social networking sites like Twitter, Facebook and YouTube.”

Correction: May 19, 2011

An earlier version of this article mistakenly said all of the sponsors of the bill for electric-car recharging stations drive hybrid electric vehicles. Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) does not.

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