The Congress you have tried to reach…

In the wake of last night’s call by President Obama for people to contact their congresspeople to urge a solution to the country’s debt crisis, a lot of people apparently are. The U.S. House of Representatives Web site has crashed. Its front page is available, but the individual member sites are not.


Getting through by telephone isn’t much easier. An e-mail from the House call center said the phone lines to the Capitol are jammed:

“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,” the email said.

In an age of voicemail, when’s the last time you heard a busy signal?