Public's E-mails Overload House Web Site

Last Internet meltdown? Michael Jackson

By Jim Iovino
|  Friday, Aug 14, 2009  |  Updated 6:33 AM EDT
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Public's E-mails Overload House Web Site

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Down goes the House Web site...

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It's not only town halls that are becoming jam-packed.  People are flooding members of Congress with so many e-mails that they are overloading the House's primary Web site, www.house.gov.

Capitol Hill technical support issued a warning Thursday to House lawmakers that the Web site may be slow or unresponsive because of the large volume of e-mail being sent to members.

The spike in e-mail traffic comes amid boisterous town hall meetings across the country debating President Barack Obama's plan to overhaul the nation's health care system.

The last time Capitol Hill had a major slowdown of Internet traffic was during Michael Jackson's memorial concert.

A spokesman for the chief administrative officer at the Capitol was not immediately available to comment.

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