Congressional Phones, Websites Crash From Constituent Anger

How angry is the general public over the debt ceiling stalemate? After President Obama last night urged citizens to contact their representatives and demand they vote for a deal, Americans listen.

And then they crashed the House switchboard.

According to the New York Times, the calls have been so continuous that the following email got sent out to members of congress: “Due to the high volume of external calls, House telephone circuits serving 202-225-XXXX phone numbers are near capacity resulting in outside callers occasionally getting busy signals.

Web sites were similarly flooded, with Speaker of the House John Boehner, Congresswoman and presidential hopeful Michele Bachmann, and Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy all reporting server problems.

Of course, it wasn’t just the president urging the calls. Politico reports that the SEIU has been sending its own emails urging supporters to weigh in on the debate and fight against cutting entitlements. And Organizing for America, Obama’s old campaign group, is planning a similar action as well.

So what are people saying? If this poll is any indication, they are probably asking when Congress will just pass a plan already, and work on what they were really elected to do — create more jobs.

Just one week until we hit default.

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Susan M.
Susan McKinnon5 years ago

Finally America is awake. Keep on calling them and e-mailing them. Somewhere along the line the words will penetrate thick skulls and the light bulb will go on above their heads. I think this will happen especially quickly if callers would mention something about voting them out of office if they don't comply with what the people want. They must be told that we will no longer stand for big business and a few rich people running the country. They must stop taking money and jobs from these corporations. We should make it illegal to take a job offer from any of these corporations for at least 10 years. Talk about a bunch of 2 year olds running the country.

Edith B.
Edith B.5 years ago

Well, good for us! I think if more people would call them or write them more often and let them know we are watching, they might do a better job.

Robby C.
Past Member 5 years ago

Steve R- thank you! While I believe BOTH sides are about equally responsible in the drowning of our economy, I do tire of the constant (vertical) liberal slant... I personally think that the ultra rich, particularly big businesses, should be taxed a bit more, but I also think our govt should learn to spend what they have, more responsibly, before they're allowed to have any more of our money to steal. But it doesn't matter- surely BO will just turn to his money machine & make some more worthless paper. My "Monopoly" money will soon be worth more...

Lori Ann Hone
Lori Hone5 years ago

And, I almost forgot:


Lori Ann Hone
Lori Hone5 years ago

Marie, the problem is the Republicans detachment from reality in order to protect their ego's and justify their behavior and ideology which is controlled by the Tea Baggers, that's the problem. They selfishly ignore the needs of others, especially the middle class and the poor in order to protect the Bush Tax cuts for millionaires and keep tax loopholes for the big corporations who are determined to completely pollute & destroy the air, water and mother earth.

Marie W.
Marie W.5 years ago

Debt ceiling has been raised many times, WTF is this Congress' problem?

Marilyn L.
Marilyn L.5 years ago

Keep calling, e-mailing and writing letters. AND VOTE FOR A DEMOCRAT.

Michele P.
Michele P.5 years ago

WOW now that's what I call ACTION!!! Let's could keep the "voting public" INVOLVED -
ALL of your Republican and Democratic congressmen/women and Senators are not interested in YOU - figure it out.....
Who gives them the monies that provides them the opportunity to RUN for elected office. THE BIG MONEY - Government since Nixon has becoming one big bastion for the capitalists investments.
We - the American Taxpayers bailed out Financial Corporate America and they had the gaul to give themselves Billion Dollar BONUSES .
The Capitalists invested in Congress making decisions to help CORPORATE AMERICA - no I am not insane, a zealot liberal but a pragmatic researcher who "tracks where the money comes from and goes" plus how the electorate behaves. IT IS ELEMENTARY WATSON!

Please I know the rich are getting richer and the middle class getting smaller and the poor poorer but ASK YOURSELF THIS QUESTION " Are you better off today than you were after 9-11-2001??? If not KEEP CALLING YOUR CONGRESS REPRESENTATIVES!!!

Glenn M.
Glenn Meyer5 years ago

Cutting spending on, so called, entitlements is ineffective for addressing the deficit. Cutting programs that support the low and middle class will further strain both who don’t even receive lower prices as a result of the U.S. job losses and create a disconnect that will end in another financial collapse. The justification for attacking government benefits as opposed to raising taxes is the creation of jobs. But where?

Corporations have over-powered our government which now believes that out-sourcing and off-shoring of U.S. jobs is inevitable and necessary with expectations that the middle class should fall on their swords. It is the underlying cause of the financial collapse and borders on national security with the loss of our middle class tax base. Yet, this nation does nothing, not even demand it be restricted by whatever method. International businesses are doing the UN-AMERICAN activity of destroying U.S. salaries, U.S. businesses that hire in the U.S., and as an end result, destroying the U.S. marketplace while still demanding BUSINESS ENTITLEMENTS and protections for themselves.

Infrastructure spending and tax breaks will not replace enough jobs to keep up with the hemorrhaging loss of U.S. jobs from out-sourcing over seas. Neither party will do anything about it unless we begin grass roots efforts to protest out-sourcing and off-shoring of U.S. jobs. If nothing is done we will deserve what we get and it will get a lot worse before it gets better

Elaine K.
Elaine K.5 years ago

Balancing the budget: 1.Declare economic emergency 2.send Congress home.3. Create new taxes such as surtax of 100% on all income above $500K after deductions and limited exemptions. A 10% luxury tax on all private jets,yachts,very high priced cars,etc. A sin tax on alcohol phased in over 3 years starting with a $50. tax per quart of high proof alcohol and $20. per quart of wine or beer rising to $100. and $40. respectively. A corporate sin tax on all corporations who pay their CEOs or other executives more than $750K per year taxing all profits at 50% or higher. All foreign based corporations would have to pay taxes to the US government on anything made or partially made in the USA that they make a profit on elsewhere. All US corporations that outsource jobs to foreign countries that could be done in the US should have to pay a penalty to the government on those jobs to help fund unemployment and job creation in the US. Cut defense spending by at least 90%. No new weapons no recruiting. Eliminate all government funded cruelty to animals including BLM helicopter roundups. No funding for arts,etc.