The White House unveiled a new online tool Thursday intended to help individuals petition the government. The new "We the People" feature, accessible on WhiteHouse.gov, is, according to White House director of digital strategy Macon Phillips, "a new way for your voice to be heard in our government."
Per We the People's features, if a petition garners enough signatures -- 5,000 names within 30 days -- the White House promises lawmakers will review it and that the White House will craft an official response.
“When I ran for this office, I pledged to make government more open and accountable to its citizens. That’s what the new We the People feature on WhiteHouse.gov is all about — giving Americans a direct line to the White House on the issues and concerns that matter most to them,” President Obama said.
The petition service is set to launch later this month.
Throughout our history Americans have used petitions to unite around issues they care about. We the People provides you with a new way to petition the federal government to take action on a range of issues. And if your petition attracts enough support, White House staff will review it, ensure it is sent to the appropriate policy experts, and issue an official response.
The official White House announcement for We the People can be viewed below:
The AP contributed to this story.
(h/t: Hill Blog)