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Scaling house.gov

Yesterday, after the House defeated the economic “bailout” bill, citizens swamped their representatives with e-mail and attempted to reach web sites hosted by house.gov to get more information. The result? “Millions of individuals seeking information about the forsaken legislation have slowed its 10 servers to a crawl.” (Servers buckle as Congress rejects $700bn Wall Street bailout By Austin Modine, The Register, 9/30/2008.)

The response? House limits constituent e-mails to prevent crash, By Jordy Yager, The Hill, 09/30/08

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