- June 30 - Statement Of Joan Claybrook, President of Public Citizen:
President Clintons shocking about-face on Y2K liability sells out consumers
and small businesses in favor of high-tech and other business special interests.
Come January 1, Mom and
Pop businesses and consumers all over the country will not forgive the White House
for stripping their rights to hold reckless corporations accountable in this sweeping
and unfair legislation.
These corporations have
contributed millions in campaign contributions to both political parties and have
just purchased a strong legal shield for themselves for making and selling Y2K-defective
After months of pretending
to stand up for individual and small business consumers, the Clinton/Gore Administration
has completely caved and now supports legislation that has only cosmetic changes
and that is nearly as harmful to consumers and small businesses as the bills it
repeatedly threatened to veto.