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'We the People' petitions page down, rest of whitehouse.gov just fine

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With 74 percent of White House staff furloughed, decisions had to be made about where to save money.

Apparently, the only part of whitehouse.gov that needed to be cut was the “We the People” petition page, which allowed Americans to create petitions and voice their opinions to the White House.

The feature's landing page reads “due to Congress’s failure to pass legislation to fund the government, 'We the People' has been temporarily disabled.”

This means that Americans have not been able to create or sign petitions for "We the People" throughout the entire government shutdown debate.

The promise when the feature was unveiled was that if a petition received 100,000 signatures or more, it would garner a response from the Obama administration.

So much for that, though, curiously, every other part of whitehouse.gov works and has been updated as recently as Tuesday: Blog posts are still being written, photos are still uploaded, press secretary Jay Carney’s press briefings are still live-streamed, statements are still posted and all the information pages are still up and running.

Everything is accessible except for the one part of the website that allowed average citizens to connect with their president.

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