“We the People,” the website that
hosts petitions to the federal government, will be going
offline at midnight Tuesday.
The White House told The Associated Press that it was “temporarily” taking down the
website. It promised to restore the online tool in late
January, saying the new platform would save taxpayers more than
$1 million a year.
No other details were made available.
The “We the People” website was launched in 2011 in the Obama
administration. (We the People)
“We the People” was launched in 2011 by
then-President Barack Obama. The Obama White House said at
the time that the platform “gives all Americans a way to create
and sign petitions on a range of issues affecting our nation.”
If a petition garners more than 100,000 signatures within 30
days, the White House is supposed to issue an official
Since Trump has taken office, however, none of the 17 petitions
that have met this criterion ― including one calling for the
president to resign and
another urging him to release
his tax returns ― has received an answer.
A White House official told the AP that the administration will
“respond to public concerns next year.”
These are some of the petitions that have hit the 100,000
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