(WASHINGTON) -- House Republicans, eager to move beyond the divisive intra-party fights that marked the primary campaign, will unite around a new governing agenda Thursday in an attempt to harness the energy of the Tea Party movement and voters' discontentment ahead of the midterm elections.
While the legislative priorities in the plan are not expected to be new, what is notable, according to sources, is the process by which they were formed. They are based largely on input from more than 100,000 registered users of the interactive online forum Republicans have branded as "America Speaking Out."
The high-tech strategy, which includes iPhone and Android apps, allows users to post ideas which can be "liked" or "disliked" by other users, who can also add comments in a format similar to Facebook. California Republican Rep. Kevin McCarthy, who has spearheaded the effort, unveiled the initiative in May.
Nick Schaper, the House GOP director of new media, said the project cultivated 16,000 "policy ideas" that garnered more than 800,000 "votes," both for and against. The most popular topics were taxes, Congress, jobs, freedom and the Constitution.
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