Sending Office: Honorable Bonnie Watson Coleman
Sent By:
Brad.Korten@mail.house.gov

        Request for Signature(s)

The ‘We the People’ website is back online!

Let us make sure the petitions get a response.

Deadline Extended: COB February 7

 

Dear Colleague,

I invite you to sign on to the letter below urging the President to answer the petitions that were submitted on the ‘We the People’ website.

In December, the White House took down the popular online petition website with the stated intent to have it return in late January after performing maintenance to make improvements to the site. On February 1, the website was restored, now is the time to
make sure that petitions are answered. At this time there are seventeen petitions that have reached the threshold of 100,000 signatures but have not been answered since the President took office more than a year ago.

Among the rights of the First Amendment of the Constitution is the right for the American people to petition their government. Since the launch of the petition site in 2011, there have been more than 4,800 petitions submitted to the White House. Some of
these petitions have led to tangible results during the past administration. One of the petitions submitted was instrumental in creating legislation that ensured cellphone users could transfer their phones to another network, while another led the way to former
baseball player Yogi Berra receiving the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

 

Please join me in urging that the people’s right to petition can be made to the White House.

 

For more information or if you would like to sign on to the letter, contact Brad Korten on my staff at
brad.korten@mail.house.gov or 202-225-5801.

Sincerely,

 

Bonnie Watson Coleman

Member of Congress

 

February XX, 2018

 

The President

The White House

1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW

Washington, D.C.  20500

 

Dear Mr. President:

 

It appears that the ‘We the People’ petition webpage was brought back online on February 1, 2018 after a 50 day absence for maintenance. However, there still remain seventeen petitions that have reached the threshold of 100,000 signatures but have not been
answered since you took office more than a year ago.  We request that these petitions receive a response from the White House as soon as possible. 

 

Among the rights of the First Amendment of our Constitution is the right for the American people to petition their government. Since the launch of the petition site in 2011, there have been more than 4,800 petitions submitted to the White House. These petitions
are a way for the people of this country to have their voices heard on issues that they care about. A Pew Research Center study showed that Americans were more likely to petition the White House on issues ranging from healthcare, veterans issues, illnesses,
immigration, and animal rights.

 

Some of these petitions have led to tangible results during the previous administration. One of the petitions submitted was instrumental in creating legislation that ensured cellphone users could transfer their phones to another network, while another led
the way to former baseball player Yogi Berra receiving the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

 

Again, we ask that you take these petitions seriously and offer a response to the American people as soon as possible. Thank you for your consideration on this important issue.

 

 

 

Sincerely,

 

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