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.
Vice President Joe Biden waits to conduct a mock swearing-in ceremony with Sen. Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii, in the Capitol's Old Senate Chamber, December 2, 2014. Schatz was sworn in to serve the remainder of his term since he was appointed to the seat after Sen. Daniel Inouye, D-Hawaii, passed away.