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The excessive load from actual non-spam email from constituents is more than the Exchange servers at the House can handle, apparently.
They've announced that they've had to limit inbound mail. You may get an auto-response back indicating that you should try again another time.
Please wait while your document is saved.
website that has the limitation, not the actual mail server. It is the web
server that is at risk of crashing, not the MTA, from what I read in the
"some constituents may get a 'try back at a later time' response if they use
the House website to e-mail their lawmakers about the bill"
"Member offices began to notice an overwhelming number of e-mails last week as
the economy roiled and the Emergency Economic Stabilization Act of 2008, or
u201Cbailout package,u201D became of interest to millions of Americans. All the
clogs in the traditional e-mail service have since been resolved, according to
However, Ventura ventured that the problems on the House website might not be
resolved until the economic package was finalized."
Of course, I am sure the website is using IIS. :-)