Obama, John Boehner Speeches Crash Congressional Websites

Apparently people took that "call your congressman" advice to heart

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Obama, John Boehner Speeches Crash Congressional Websites
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Last night, President Barack Obama and Speaker of the House John Boehner both delivered speeches outlining the state of negotiations surrounding the debt ceiling and the budget.

And it appears that those speeches provoked people to flock to the websites of congresspeople is massive numbers.

During his speech, Obama asked the American people to contact their members of congress and let them know what approach is necessary to tackle the problem –

The American people may have voted for divided government, but they didn’t vote for a dysfunctional government. So I’m asking you all to make your voice heard. If you want a balanced approach to reducing the deficit, let your Member of Congress know. If you believe we can solve this problem through compromise, send that message.

It looks like people may have listened. Reports began flying in via Twitter that various congressional websites were down, and some that were still running were doing so slowly. Did a flood a web traffic, possibly citizens looking for how to contact their representatives, shut down these sites?

The Huffington Post has a list of which member’s sites were affected by this traffic increase. Shortly after Obama and Boehner’s speeches, the following sites were down –

  • John Boehner (R-OH)
  • Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY)
  • Rep. Elliot Engel (D-NY)
  • Sen. Mike Crapo (R-ID)
  • Sen. Jim DeMint (R-SC)
  • Rep. Charles Rangel (D-NY)
  • Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY)
  • Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN)
  • Sen. Tom Harkin (D-IA)

Later in the evening, other sites were running slowly. Freshman Florida Senator Marco Rubio (R), Nan Hayworth (R-NY) and a several other’s sites also shut down shortly before midnight. According to HuffPo, Boehner’s site was one of the last to get up and running again,

The “debt crisis” has been presented as a battle between the parties, with each side wanting a different approach to tackling our large national deficit. Last night, President Obama championed a “balanced approach” that includes both cuts in spending and the elimination of tax breaks for the wealthiest Americans –

Let’s live within our means by making serious, historic cuts in government spending. Let’s cut domestic spending to the lowest level it’s been since Dwight Eisenhower was President. Let’s cut defense spending at the Pentagon by hundreds of billions of dollars. Let’s cut out the waste and fraud in health care programs like Medicare – and at the same time, let’s make modest adjustments so that Medicare is still there for future generations. Finally, let’s ask the wealthiest Americans and biggest corporations to give up some of their tax breaks and special deductions.

The only reason this balanced approach isn’t on its way to becoming law right now is because a significant number of Republicans in Congress are insisting on a cuts-only approach – an approach that doesn’t ask the wealthiest Americans or biggest corporations to contribute anything at all. And because nothing is asked of those at the top of the income scales, such an approach would close the deficit only with more severe cuts to programs we all care about – cuts that place a greater burden on working families.

Rep. Boehner said that Obama wants a “blank check.” He went on to say –

You know, I’ve always believed, the bigger government, the smaller the people. And right now, we have a government so big and so expensive it’s sapping the drive of our people and keeping our economy from running at full capacity.

The solution to this crisis is not complicated: if you’re spending more money than you’re taking in, you need to spend less of it,

There is no symptom of big government more menacing than our debt. Break its grip, and we begin to liberate our economy and our future.

Watch both of the speeches below –

What do you think? Let us know in the comments.

Obama, John Boehner Speeches Crash Congressional Websites
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  • JK

    I tried to post a letter to Pat Tiberi from Ohio urging the balanced approach outlined by Obama and keep getting “server busy” errors returned from the site this morning.

    • LS

      I tried to contact Sens. Nelson and Rubio and Rep Mack of FL last night, and could not get through to any of them, but was able to this morning. Still cannot get through to Boehner.

      • mark paylor

        Boehner may be bordering on becoming dangerous. I would like to give everyman his due…………but not the devil.

  • ST

    I just tried Boehner’s email and I still get server too busy message – same as last night.

  • http://Balanceapproachisthewaytogo. Gerald Lafargue

    Io I the balance approach

  • William J Urmson

    The blood sucking oil companies and Wall Street have done more damage to America than Osama Bin Laden ever did! Please watch this music video called THE AMERICAN DREAM? WHO GIVES A F$$$? Thanx and peace! WJU

  • Ray Martins

    An email to:

    Hello Family, Friends and Voters.

    President Ronald Reagan used a balance approach to reduce the national debt while he was President.

    But unfortunately, Republicans and Democrats in Congress don’t want to increase taxes on their wealthy friends, the hedge funds, the large corporations and special interest groups because they get very large donations from these groups to use in their reelection campaigns.

    Once again, the people do not matter to these incumbent back room dealing PUPPETS OF THE RICH in Congress.

    We need to correct this corrupt and unfair system.

    74% of the voters want to CUT our national debt through the use of a balanced debt plan, and don’t like the proposals on the table from the Democrats and Republicans, because they only protect their very wealthy friends and special interest groups.

    In order to change this corrupt system in Congress, we need to CAP the terms on all incumbents who don’t pass a balanced debt plan by voting them all out of office.

    This way we can send Congress a clear message that we want to BALANCE our national debt fairly by taxing millionaires, by taxing billionaires, closing loopholes for special interest groups and by taxing hedge funds fairly.

    Thanks for taking the time to read this email. If you think this email makes sense, please send this along to all your family, friends and members in Congress.

    • Judith Nino

      I agree with these comments. Please cut the loop holes that benefit the filthy rich, the corporations, and the oil companies, also wealth corporate farmers. Balance the budget and keep this country in business. Speaker Boehner stop running scared from the Tea Party.

  • http://roseinbloomltd.com keith roman

    I agree with the presidents tax the rich aproch it never trikeles down far enough to reach the majority of people. How much money is more than enough ? I pay my share how about the greedy why should we pay there way ?

  • sandra

    BALANCED APPROACH!!!!!!!!!! OUT WITH Boehner

  • Renna Thomas

    First of all John Beohner is full of it never in american history have a i seen a president come in and the house speaker come on afterwards I look through the proposal of cuts, social security, disability ins, medicare/medicaid, medicare prescriptions, unemployment, military checks, disaster relief funds what in the hell is he thinking about I’m sick of this you all lied I did not vote for any republican but yet and still you want to make the american peoples life a living hell and smoke screen like you care we are already struggling as a nation give up your checks for house and senate and we could have a great surplus stop with the lies it not about you it is about the people they are already hurting this did not happen over night neither will it go away over night fighting does not bring resolution you work for us whether I voted for you or not get off you a– and do you job.

  • Skip

    Blame Bush 6.1 T

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