Congressional websites crash amid public response to budget impasse

The American people may not all agree on the best approach to the federal budget, but they do feel strongly about what leaders in Washington are doing, or not doing, about it.

When President Barack Obama addressed the nation July 25 on the debt-ceiling issue, he asked people to tell their representatives if they want a “balanced approach to the budget,” and the response shut down the websites of at least nine House and Senate members, the Washington Post reported.

And people weren’t just going online to voice their opinions. The morning after the speech, the Capitol switchboard was inundated with calls, the Post reported.

The House circuits were at near capacity for incoming calls, with some callers getting busy signals, according to an e-mail to representative’s office from the House Chief Administrative Officer’s Technology Call Center, the Post said.


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Reader Comments

Wed, Jul 27, 2011 DC

I'm glad people are speaking up!

I think Congress forgets that they are actually representing *people* and have to be reminded that we are still watching. I hope people keep calling and e-mailing!

Wed, Jul 27, 2011

My call was to hold the line and bend the deficit downward. If they don't Moody's and S&P will downgrade the quality of our bonds regardless of where the debt ceiling is placed. Over the long haul, if you spend more than you take in and you print what you are short, you will look like Greece. The last time I checked Greece had to offer about 16% interest to attract bond buyers. Now that will screw the poor really well.

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