Ever wanted to cosponsor a piece of legislation, but didn’t want to spend the time and energy on a run for Congress? Now you can, kind of.

House Republicans have launched the Citizen Cosponsor Project, which essentially allows people on Facebook to “like” a bill working its way through the legislative process.

House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) calls the project, which uses Facebook’s Open Graph platform, “an innovative way for you to stay in touch with your member of Congress, to be engaged in the legislative process and to make sure you’re speaking out on issues that are of particular concern to you.”

“We’ll keep you informed, and you’ll be engaged throughout the legislative process,” Cantor said. “It’s about making sure that more people understand the importance of becoming aware and engaged in the legislative process.”

Cantor used social media to his advantage during the 2010 midterm campaign, by launching YouCut, an opportunity to let supporters vote on which government programs should be cut or curtailed. Republicans then attempted to hold votes on the proposed cuts, and actually managed to do so once they won the majority.

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