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The House Republicans' WhipCast App: Not Just For Your Phone

BY Nick Judd | Monday, November 21 2011

Last week, the House Republicans launched WhipCast, a mobile app to push floor updates and bill text to mobile phones.

The app allows also gives users "Driving the Day," a daily document of press clippings and votes the House Republicans want people to know about, and press materials from the Republican conference.

This week, House Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) is using the app in a political attack, or using a political attack to promote the app, or perhaps both, in this comment delivered to ABC News:

“I know the president likes to be out on the campaign trail,” McCarthy, R-Calif., said. “I encourage the president to download Whipcast today, so when he’s on the campaign trail and he goes to speak he can talk about those 20-odd bills that are sitting in the Senate for job creation that this House continues to move.”

[Whipcast] is an opportunity for all the public to know what is going on in this House,” he added. “Greater transparency, and what a difference one year makes. No longer do bills come to the floor where members can’t read them, but now we only have the three day, we have the entire public able to see it.”