House website slowed due to increased traffic

So many e-mails are being sent to the House of Representatives that it is slowing down the website:

Technical support issued a warning to congressional staff that the site - - may be slow or unresponsive because of the large volume of e-mail being sent to members.

Jeff Ventura, a spokesman for the House’s chief administrative officer, which maintains the Web site, said traffic data was not available and could not be released without the lawmakers’ consent.

But anecdotally, he said, the spike in e-mail volume was widely believed to be a result of the health care debate.

“It is clearly health care reform,” Ventura said. “There’s no doubt about it.”
Ventura said the last time he saw such a significant slow-down in the system was in January, shortly before the House passed an $819 billion bill to stimulate the economy.

Ventura said new technology called “load balancing” is in place to try to handle spikes in volume. So far, the House Web site remains available to the public.

In particular, people are heavily using a link on the site called “Write Your Representative,” which helps a voter track down their representative by plugging in their zip code.

When was the last time that the House website got hit this hard during a recess? You know, Democrats clearly have a problem, especially as the lose more members of their caucus who are hearing from voters back home. Keep it up. E-mail your Representative!

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