Cantor Web site seeks citizen co-sponsors for bills

House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) launched a new Web site Tuesday allowing Americans to co-sponsor congressional legislation — a new avenue for bills to demonstrate public support.

Cosponsor.gov is part of the Citizen Cosponsor Project — an effort by Cantor to bring average Americans into the legislative process.

"The new Web site will now feature every bill and resolution introduced in the House, from Republicans and Democrats," Cantor said in a statement. "I’m excited that any engaged citizen can voice their support, and track the status of legislation in the House."

The effort mirrors the White House's "We the People" Web site, which allows Americans to gather signatures for petitions and requires the White House to respond to the petitions if they gain a certain level of support.

Cantor's Web site, by contrast, will deal only with bills that have actually been proposed and passed.

Aaron Blake covers national politics and writes regularly for The Fix.

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