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Citizen Cosponsor: Eric Cantor Introduces Facebook App Connecting Voters, Congress (VIDEO)

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Congress and Facebook are about to get a little bit closer.

House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) unveiled a new app on Tuesday called Citizen Cosponsor, which is designed to connect voters with bills being debated on Capitol Hill.

"We are dedicated to modernizing the way Congress connects with the American people," Cantor said in a statement. "Citizen Cosponsor breaks ground by directly connecting people with the work the House is doing every day."

Mashable explains that users can "cosponsor" a bill to receive updates on its status, ranging from hearings to committee votes to full votes. Facebook then shares the user's support for a bill on their profile. There is also a "keep me informed" option for citizens looking to solely follow bills.

Critics of the program charge that there is a partisan slant. Mashable notes that Citizen Cosponsor's launch includes only one bill sponsored by a Democrat. TPM adds that hours after Cantor's press team tweeted an introduction to the platform, House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer's (D-Md.) press office tweeted at Cantor's team: "We like the idea of Citizen CoSponsor, but why did you re-write the bill titles and descriptions in an entirely partisan way?"

WATCH Cantor's introduction above.

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