An alert was issued to congressional staff that the site, http://www.house.gov/, may be down periodically, because of the large volume of e-mail being generated to members.
Jeff Ventura, a spokesman for the House's chief administrative officer said:
- "It is clearly health care reform," "There's no doubt about it."
A grassroots backlash has emerged throughout the United States against Obama's plan to overhaul the nation's health care system, and while lawmakers are in their home districts for the August recess, they are really hearing about it from their constituents.
A spokesman for Rep. Joe Barton, a Texas Republican, said e-mail traffic related to government-run health care has exploded in recent weeks.
In the last five weeks, Sean Brown said the office has received 2,761 e-mails on the subject of socialized medicine. He estimated that 90 to 95 percent of the e-mails were opposed to Obama's plan.