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After Obama call to action last night, congressional phone lines tied up

After President Obama last night called on the public to contact their members of Congress to urge a compromise on the debt-ceiling debate, according to an email sent out to House staff, House phones are receiving a much higher volume of calls than normal and are "near capacity." As a result, external callers are occasionally getting busy signals.

See email below:

From: Call Center
Sent: Tuesday, July 26, 2011 09:57 AM
To: System Administrators, All
Subject: System Alert - House Telephone Circuits Near Capacity

Due to the high volume of external calls, House telephone circuits serving 202-225-XXXX phone numbers are near capacity resulting in outside callers occasionally getting busy signals. Outbound calls are unaffected.

During this time offices may wish to provide district office staff and key contacts with an alternate 202-226-XXXX extension, if available, until call volumes subside.

If you have any questions, please contact the CAO Technology Call Center at 5-6002 or 1-800-HIR-USER.