‘We the People’ Petition Website Shutdown Amid Government Shutdown

By Zachary Stieber
Zachary Stieber
Zachary Stieber
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Zachary Stieber covers U.S. and world news. He is based in Maryland.
October 16, 2013 Updated: July 18, 2015

‘We the People,’ the White House’s petition website, has been shut down amid the government shutdown.

“Due to Congress’s failure to pass legislation to fund the government, We the People has been temporarily disabled,” reads a statement on the website.

The popular petition website enables people to petition the White House over a range of issues, and receive a response if the petition reaches a certain amount of signatures. 

The number of signatures needed to receive a response was raised from 5,000 to 25,00, then to 100,000. The signatures need to be gathered within 30 days. 

Once the shutdown ends, the petitions will be renabled, according to the White House. Petitions that were open as of Oct. 1 will have their deadlines extended. 

Zachary Stieber
Zachary Stieber covers U.S. and world news. He is based in Maryland.