After having trouble e-mailing my congressman some thoughts concerning the revised bailout bill, I found this report from ComputerWorld:
The IT staff at the U.S. House of Representatives is taking emergency steps in an effort to handle a fourfold increase in the amount of e-mail that has come in via the House’s Web site since Sunday, when the text of the proposed Wall Street bailout bill was posted online. The crush of e-mails from constituents about the proposed $700 billion bailout clogged the servers hosting the House.gov Web site, making it inaccessible for lengthy periods of time on Monday, when the House voted down the bill and triggered a massive sell-off in the stock market.
When the reporter tried to access the site this morning, “it was accessible but only after a delay, and it appeared to be responding slowly overall. Parts of the site seemed to be functioning this afternoon. But the links from the home page to individual representatives and committees, as well as the ‘Find Your Representative’ and ‘Write Your Representative’ applications, were still sluggish or unresponsive.”
If you’ve experienced the same problems, you might want to e-mail your congressman through his or her campaign website.