Two Capitol Hill offices introduced new interactive features today that they hope will engage laymen and political junkies alike in the legislative process.
House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) has unveiled “Citizen Cosponsor.” Downloadable through Facebook.com, the application allows constituents to “co-sponsor,” or follow, bills that interest them.
Once certain bills are selected, users will receive automatic updates on those bills as they move through the legislative pipeline.
“We are dedicated to modernizing the way Congress connects with the American people,” Cantor said in a statement. “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 daily lives.”
The Government Printing Office, nearly four months after introducing its first mobile phone application, announced expanded features today that would make the product more user-friendly and effective.
The Mobile Member Guide, which allows users to search for Members of Congress by name, state, chamber or party and includes a picture entry with each one, now includes biographical information, contact information and links to their websites.
“GPO has embraced apps and new technologies as we move forward as the digital platform for the Federal Government,” acting Public Printer Davita Vance-Cooks said in a statement.
Since introducing the Mobile Member Guide last November, the GPO has released an app for the fiscal 2013 budget and assisted the Library of Congress in building up its own digital media platform: an iPad app for the Congressional Record.