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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42 comments

Jeanne Rogers
Jeanne R4 months ago

Thank you for sharing.

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Jeanne Rogers
Jeanne R4 months ago

Thank you for sharing.

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Susan M.
Susan M5 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.

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Edith B.
Edith B5 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.

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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...

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Lori Ann Hone
Lori H5 years ago

And, I almost forgot:

RECALL CALL ALL REPUBLICANS!!!

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Lori Ann Hone
Lori H5 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.

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Marie W.
Marie W5 years ago

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

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Marilyn L.
Marilyn L5 years ago

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

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Michele P.
Michele P5 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!!!

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