On Monday, the US House of Representatives rejected a $700 billion emergency package for the US financial system. After the bill was rejected, the House website was so overwhelmed with visitors seeking information or wanting to email their representatives that the whole website effectively crashed.
“We haven’t seen this much demand since the 9-11 commission report was posted on the site in 2004,” said Jeff Ventura, spokesman for the House Chief Administrative Officer. “We’re being overwhelmed with Web traffic about the bill.”
The slowdown affected all House-member websites since they are all tied into one system.
Rich Miller over at Data Center Knowledge wrote on Monday that when he tried accessing the website, it took about two minutes to load, and loaded without style sheets.
Today, Tuesday, the website seems to be back to normal.