Washington (CNN) - One million votes have been cast through the House GOP's YouCut website, House Republican Whip Eric Cantor announced Friday.
YouCut, a site launched May 12, allows the public to vote on which programs they think the government should eliminate. Each week, five spending cuts are proposed on the GOP Whip's website. The proposal that receives a majority of votes during a particular week is then brought to the House floor for an up-or-down vote.
"YouCut is an unprecedented online project and the public response has exceeded all of our expectations, to the point where even on the local and state level, versions of the program have organically sprouted," Cantor spokesman Brad Dayspring told CNN in an e-mail. "Technological advancements have rapidly transformed the way that we communicate, and Eric Cantor understands how important it is for Republicans to embrace that and engage with a public who is eager to participate."
Cantor wanted to focus the national conversation on federal spending, Dayspring said. Instead of letting the topic become stale, the GOP Whip created YouCut in order to give people a chance to become engaged on the issue on an ongoing basis.