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Rep. McCarthy Launches 'Whipcast' App

Tuesday, 15 Nov 2011 09:50 AM

By Greg McDonald

House Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy has launched a “Whipcast” application for mobile devices that can provide lawmakers, their staffs, and the public “a new and easy way to get real-time updates about what’s going in Congress.”
McCarthy is promoting the new app in an online video posted on his House website and on YouTube.
In the video, McCarthy and other conservative GOP members and their aides talk about this “revolutionary new app” that will make Congress “as transparent as possible.”
“I wish there was a better way I could keep track of key votes on the House floor,” a very clean-cut young fellow says as the video opens. “There’s an app for that,” comes the response from a smiling McCarthy as he pops through a door holding a cell phone.
“Wouldn’t it be great if I could stay plugged into the issues that matter to me,” says a young woman sitting on an office couch. “You know, there an app for that,” replies McCarthy from behind a copy of The Wall Street Journal.
On his website, McCarthy describes the software application as “the first government application to be launched across all major platforms – iPad, iPhone, Blackberry and Android.”
In addition to keeping up with floor votes and various issues promoted by the GOP, users can also use the application to review full texts of legislation before votes, and scan videos and press releases posted by GOP lawmakers.
Downloading the app, McCarthy notes, is free and easy. Just go to the app store on your mobile device and type in “Whipcast.”
“I encourage everyone with an interest in what we’re doing in the House of Representatives to fight for a better, brighter America to download this user-friendly app,” he says.

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