Dan Weiser, spokesman for the House Chief Administrative Officer, said the chamber’s Web server has experienced “an increase in Web traffic ... which caused delays for some users.”
Although Weiser was unable to confirm a connection between the online protests and the at-times debilitating increase in traffic, the spike occurred as many protesting websites were encouraging visitors to contact their representatives in Congress.
Senate websites seemed to be experiencing similar delays. Although some websites appeared to be operating as normal, websites and contact forms belonging to PIPA supporters, such as Sen. Bob Corker (R–Tenn.), took longer than usual to load or did not load at all. The Senate Sergeant-at-Arms, whose office oversees Senate.gov websites, did not respond to requests for comment.
Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., right, hugs Harold Schaitberger, General President of the International Association of Fire Fighters, after the Congressman spoke at the IAFF's Legislative Conference General Session at the Hyatt Regency on Capitol Hill, March 9, 2015. The day featured addresses by members of Congress and Vice President Joe Biden.