August 13th, 2009
05:17 PM ET
5 years ago

Health-reform e-mails flooding House's Web site, techs say

The House of Representatives Web site is experiencing increased traffic.
The House of Representatives Web site is experiencing increased traffic.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - A huge spike in the number of people wanting to e-mail their members of Congress about health-care reform has overloaded a key feature on the House of Representatives home page, the House technical office said Thursday.

The "Write your Representative" feature on the Web site, which tells people how to send an e-mail to their congressperson, has been unable to handle the massive increase in traffic, the office said.

An e-mail alert from the technical office went out to all House staff members notifying them of the problem.

"The House domain http://www.house.gov is currently experiencing an increased volume of visitors to Member(s') public Web sites," it said. "Web forms on http://www.house.gov may be slow to process and content may be slow or unresponsive due to the heavy load."

Jeff Ventura, spokesman for the chief administrative officer for the House, told CNN the health-care debate caused a sudden influx of e-mail, resulting in "a degradation of the system."

After the debate on the economic stimulus bill caused the House server to crash earlier this year, he said, engineers installed "load balancing" hardware to handle increased volume.

"Clearly we did not scale up enough," he observed. "We have to look at the capacity of that feature and figure out why we're hitting a ceiling."

Engineers hope to set up new features to keep the problem from recurring, Ventura added.


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soundoff (20 Responses)
  1. bush Victim

    Where were the Town Halls when the republicans were in reign?

    August 13, 2009 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  2. Enlightened Voter

    You couldn't even have town halls when the republicans were in office because we were victims of a dictatorship. Atleast the Democrats and President Obama are allowing us to have our say. Remember the protester zones bush had about a mile from where he would speak and I don't ever remember him holding a townhall.

    August 13, 2009 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  3. Mississippi Mike

    bush Victim, the townhalls were happening but they were getting shouted down by Code Pink, Acorn, feminists and socialists (you know, the people who never seem to get the negative publicity they deserve.)

    August 13, 2009 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  4. Fred

    Perhaps we should have so called Death Panels based on IQ's and how gullible a person is. For any American to actually believe that there would be such a thing on a health care bill is beyond me. Are the American people really that stupid?

    August 13, 2009 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  5. JOBLESS IN IOWA

    I dont believe that they have an email problem. The Dems are trying to hide the real issue. PEOPLE DONT WANT OBAMACARE.

    August 13, 2009 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  6. bozo the obama

    maybe the liar in chief will get a clue...NO SOCIALISM...but would you expect a community organiser to understand?

    August 13, 2009 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  7. Seth

    We need to say no to all the Democrats welfare, that they have pushed on us.
    Say no to ObamaCare
    Say no to Social Security
    Say no to MediCare
    Say no to MediCaid.
    The Democrats created these programs to control us, we need to get rid of them and go back to a better time.

    August 13, 2009 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  8. Robin in Tampa, FL

    My Representative is a Republican and he's not holding any town halls, however the Representative in the district who is a Democrat is holding a her second town hall this month. I've read the bill and I'm interested in what she'll have to say.

    August 13, 2009 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  9. Rorschach

    most of you clowns shouting "Socialism!" have NO CLUE what that really means. None. Zilch. Yet you'll let the right-wing brownshirts lead you wherever they like.

    August 13, 2009 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  10. donttreadonme

    Repubs, blue dogs, death panels, angry mobs carrying swastikas on Obama pictures are not the issue!!!!!!

    Libs and their pals in the media are using these things to distract you from the fact that they want to take control of our Healthcare system.

    The same system that Represents 1/5 of our total economy!!

    YES to reform – No to Government control!

    August 13, 2009 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  11. Josh C in Austin

    I don't care what your view in this is, but I really am disgusted by the media on this. The fact they attack average everyday people makes me sick. They can attack Palin all they want, she a politician, but I don't understand the strategy of attack people. I also don't get why we need another Government program, like they work already. I don't care whats in the bill, I don't believe in death panels, but the government does not have a good track record on running things.

    August 13, 2009 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  12. Seth

    Let stop socialism, let shutdown all these socialist programs, and go back to real Capitalism.
    People let Congress know that we don't want Socialism, we need to shutdown ObamaCare
    Shutdown Social Security
    Shutdown MediCare
    Shutdown MediCaid
    Shutdown farmAid
    All these socialism programs have no place in America.
    We are paying too much taxes for these programs, if you want more for retirement save it, you need health insurance go buy it. No more welfare.

    August 13, 2009 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  13. Get Real

    Code Pink! Death Committee! SEIU! Union THUG! Acorn! Socialist! I want my country back!

    Look mom, I learned all the approved words...now I can post like all the other opponents to healthcare reform!

    August 13, 2009 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  14. J J Genewski

    Will health care reform give all American citizens the same health care benefits the House and Senate now have. Actually I would like to here discussion on what health benefits actually cost a Congressman or Senator.

    August 13, 2009 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  15. willie

    Republicans have this one right. You cannot cover every body with health care. Health care is not a right under the constitution. Somebody have to be on the bottom in our society for us to survive. Health care is okay the way it is now. In the wild only the stronger animals survive and the weak is used for food. Imagine! if you used the socialization model in the wild, nature would not survive. This health care boat can only take so many, if you add to many people we all sink and die. So the Republicans have the best idea " Forget about the poor and jobless and those who cannot afford healthcare maybe in their next life they will be rich and can afford health care" . Now since I have looked at this from the Republican angle. I am getting sick on my stomach and about to throw up. Bye

    August 13, 2009 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  16. Operation Crush Rush

    Lets do it to Limbaugh and see how he likes it.hahaha

    August 13, 2009 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  17. Mike in MN

    It is awsome to see so many Americans engaged in the political process from both sides of the aisle. It would have been a huge political mistake for Obama and the Dems to have cramed a health care bill through by the first of August without this debate. Now the opportunity still exists to debate what kind of reform the majority of Americans really want and to go back to congress and get it right.

    August 13, 2009 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  18. Hopefully some of the e-mails are constructive

    I don't have a lot of hope

    But for those of you crafty e-mailers sending Hitler pictures and death threats, remember the e-mail can be traced back to where you sent it from, so please do it from your house

    August 13, 2009 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  19. donttreadonme

    The fact is you don't have to convince Repubs it is your fellow dems that are holding this up.

    A conservative revolution is on the march!

    August 13, 2009 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |