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1998-04-16 08:21:53


U.S. Senate Creates a Special Committee on Y2K



The Senate has begun to recognize the problem. It has established a special committee to deal with y2k.

That's what will solve it: a committee.

Then there will be subcommittees.

This is from Westergaard's site (April 14).

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On April 2, 1998, the Senate passed resolution 208, submitted the same day by Senator Lott, to establish a "Special Committee on the Year 2000 Technology Problem." The Rules Committee has signed off on the resolution and the Senate, by unanimous consent, has agreed to proceed with the resolution. The resolution is expected to be voted on when the Senate reconvenes after the April recess (April 20).

The Committee will study the impact of the Year 2000 problem on the executive and judicial branches of the federal government, state governments, and private sector operations in the United States and abroad. The Committee will have the authority to hold hearings to evaluate the progress being made on Y2K and make recommendations on how to fix the Year 2000 computer problem, including recommendations for new legislation and amendments to existing laws. No proposed legislation shall be referred to the special committee, and the committee shall not have power to report by bill, or otherwise have legislative jurisdiction.

The committee will be comprised of four republicans and three Democrats. The Chairman and the ranking minority member of the Appropriations Committee will be ex-officio members. Committee members will be announced after the April recess.


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