February 13th, 2009
12:00 PM ET
9 years ago

Capitol Hill Web sites crashing over stimulus bill

Congressional Web sites are crashing over the stimulus bill.

Congressional Web sites are crashing over the stimulus bill.

CAPITOL HILL (CNN) - Just hours after Congressional leaders posted the final version of a $789 billion stimulus deal, staffers on Capitol Hill faced both a surge of demand on key Web sites and an apparent technical glitch that crashed those sites off and on throughout the morning.

A spokesman for the Senate appropriations committee told CNN Radio that their site had been up and down all Friday morning. He said technicians had found an apparent server problem that was not related to increased demand.

The technical issue crashed the system at one of the most high-profile moments in years, intermittently blocking the Appropriations homepage and some of the few other sites where taxpayers could find the details of the economic stimulus deal Democrats posted specifics to the Internet late Thursday night. Staffers said that technology crews were working to fix the problem and restore the sites.

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soundoff (98 Responses)
  1. Dutch/Hampton Roads, VA

    President Obama sent you guys an E-Bomb through his hi-tech Blackberry for holding this bill up.

    February 13, 2009 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  2. susie

    I can't believe our Representatives are voting on the Stimulus bill before reading it. They all need to be remove from office!

    February 13, 2009 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  3. gM

    It is after all, Friday the 13th ... coincidence?

    February 13, 2009 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  4. Deb

    Mr. President you are doing a good job only one thing I take concern with is,,,,forget the repubs they will never support you on anything. Just see what they tried to do to Bill Clinton.

    February 13, 2009 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  5. Sam

    Who would guess? The light of day?

    Why didn't this "thing" go thru committee?

    Like being raped and never kissed........

    February 13, 2009 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  6. Jon in CA

    Hurry up and Vote!! Who cares if anyone gets time to read the 1000 page $800 Billion tax-payer funded boondoggle??

    Besides, Nancy has a European trip planned for this weekend and needs this vote done NOW!

    February 13, 2009 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  7. Sniffit

    More GOP games. Simple: Obama promised to make it available to the public, so force-crash the servers to make it look like he didn't. All you need is a couple techies who know what they're doing.

    February 13, 2009 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  8. blair

    Is that not convent. Seems like a lot of unsavory things are happening that are keeping the great transparency your boy promised you from happening. course him and his will blame it on everybody else as usual.
    you need to get a grip, he knows what he is doing and he is still playing the oh poor ol me game.

    February 13, 2009 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  9. Steve Lyons

    It "crashes" because they don't want the public to have time to revolt against the socialist spending spree they are undertaking. It is criminal in this day and age to "rush" any spending bill through Congress without first allowing time for the public to accept or reject the bill. This is taxation without representation at it finest.

    February 13, 2009 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  10. Simpliticus

    It is only a matter of time before the stimulus bill will be enacted, the deal is done! To have web sites crash at this time points to a losing effort, a timely loss, probably engaged by Republicans to thwart the plan. TOO LATE,LOSERS! The real reason for this really rests in NOT KNOWING WHY THIS STIMULUS PLAN IS NEEDED AT ALL! In other words, the American public doesn't know the extent of the financial debacle imposed by the Bush administration which teh new Obama administration must concern itself. This is like JFK getting into office and finding out about the Bay of Pigs thing and then dealing with it. Obama has smart people who will get a handle on what the Bush administration tried to pull and that may be the entire country for sale. Thanks a lot, George!

    February 13, 2009 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  11. SHIRLEY "60"

    Watch out for "OBSTRUCTIONISTS", they are everywhere!!

    February 13, 2009 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  12. Andy

    So your saying web viewers got to read as much of the bill as the members of congress did?

    February 13, 2009 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  13. Jenn

    They don't want the American people to have time to read it before they vote

    February 13, 2009 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  14. pat

    GOD, Help us please!! Save us from this Obama evil.

    February 13, 2009 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  15. Physician heal thyself

    Server problem. Appropriate.

    February 13, 2009 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  16. Michael in Houston, Texas

    This is so ironic.

    February 13, 2009 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  17. Mike in SoCal

    Technical issue. Right. Sure it's a "technical issue". The sites are getting slammed by concerned citizens who are deeply opposed to this spendulus bill and the liberal social policies it will usher in. That's why they're crashing. Wake up, Congress. Wake up, Obama. We're not going to cave in to your socialism that easily.

    February 13, 2009 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  18. no corporate politics

    Nixon had missing tape sections that got "accidentally" erased.
    Bush had unverified WMD intelligence.
    Obama has "server crashes".

    Notice that the crash "problem that was not related to increased demand."

    So what or WHO caused it. Will the media demand answers? First Obama followers hacked email accounts and saw nothing wrong with it. Certainly hacking a server to protect The One is justified, right?

    NO it is NOT OK.
    Question Authority.

    February 13, 2009 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  19. steve Loudon, TN

    The audacity of mendacity...Obama many broken promises.....don't let people even have access to this monstrous theft of our freedoms and government.....the WE WON attitude will destroy them and rightfully so, if he doesn't get us all killed in the interim.....more scum in government....no matter which side of the aisle. I am stimulated that is for sure, and the rats in Wash still don't get it, this is a watershed for America....choose wisely, this country is not made of of leftists, but the politicians are certainly on one side.

    February 13, 2009 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  20. Jerry D.

    Pay the bill without the repub looking or voting for it. That will teach them to act like spoil kid. Republlicans how do you see at night knowing all these people are out of work, no homes and etc. You guys are not going to make it next election.

    February 13, 2009 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  21. Dan

    Perhaps some of the stimulus package can be used to improve this infrastructure.

    February 13, 2009 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  22. RJ

    Sniffit, take off your tin foil hat.

    The servers are run by the government... did you expect them to be able to handle a ton of traffic?

    CNN has a better setup than the White House.

    February 13, 2009 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  23. wendell

    sniffit how gullible you are your messiah promised 5 days before he signed major lesislation...what is the hurry...something to hide

    February 13, 2009 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  24. rich

    2 more years and the obstructionist party should be extinct

    February 13, 2009 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  25. Sonia

    Stimulus Package. The Senate and Congress must start thinking like depressed Americans and stop trying to manipulate this bill for their own benefit. Exp. ATV tracks, STD training, mice, etc. Give the govenment time to review and remove unnecessary spending or add it where its most needed. Some of the line items within this bill make one sick. I'm wondering whether or not this government of ours has any common sense!!!


    February 13, 2009 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
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