"Y2K Hits the Hill"

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There an article at ABCNEWS.com's site about Y2K liability legislation in Congress. At the end of the article, in a yellow box, is a description of what to expect from the Senate this week.

Here's the part from the yellow box:

"a href=" http://abcnews.go.com/sections/tech/DailyNews/y2klitigation990302.html"> http://abcnews.go.com/sections/tech/DailyNews/y2klitigation990302.html


Y2K Hits the Hill

The full Senate takes up a measure today to set aside about $500 million in Small Business Administration loans for businesses trying to repair their computer systems.

The Senate will also release a major report on the effects of the computer bug within the United States and abroad. A special Senate panel on the Y2K problem chaired by Sens. Robert Bennett, R-Utah, and Christopher Dodd, D-Conn., concludes that Americans could face widespread, if generally minimal, disruptions in health care, financial services and food and energy supplies.

Both senators say the economic and social effects could be more serious in many foreign countries that havent made the effort or dont have the money to fix the problem.

Between 30 and 50 percent of all companies worldwide will have at least one mission-critical failure, Bennett said, citing a study by the Gartner Group. That figure drops down to 15 percent for companies here at home.

Bennett warns that even a relatively small number of Y2K problems could be disruptive, leading to an economic downturn. No business operates in a vacuum, he noted. Our economic sectors are inextricably bound together.

Also this week, House and Senate committees will conduct hearings on how well the food industry and the Pentagon are prepared for Y2K. President Clinton has given federal agencies until March 31 to make their computer systems Y2K-ready, and the Defense Department is struggling to meet that deadline.


-- Kevin (mixesmusic@worldnet.att.net), March 02, 1999


I was trying to make that a hot link. Here it is again...


-- Kevin (mixesmusic@worldnet.att.net), March 02, 1999.

Coverage today on C-SPAN2...



12:45pm to 01:30pm ET

09:45am to 10:30am PT LIVE

---------------------------------------------------------------------- ----------

Congressional News Conference

Year 2000 Computer Problem Report

Senate Special Cmte. Year 2000 Tech.Prob

Washington, DC

ID : 121197

Length : 0 hr 45 min

Event date : 03/02/99

Bennett, Robert F., U.S. Senator 1993-, R-UT

Dodd, Christopher J., U.S. Senator 1981-, D-CT

Copyright ) 1999 Purdue Research Foundation

-- Kevin (mixesmusic@worldnet.att.net), March 02, 1999.

With RealPlayer software, you can watch C-SPAN2 -- live -- at this link...


-- Kevin (mixesmusic@worldnet.att.net), March 02, 1999.

Or, watch the C-SPAN2 coverage using the link at the page of the...

United States Senate Special Committee on the Year 2000 Technology Problem



(Due to technical restrictions these links will only be available while the programs are occurring)

Watch the Senate Y2K Committee's March 2 hearing on exploring the food industry safeguards against the Y2K computer glitch

Scheduled press conference with Senator Bennett and Dodd to announce the release of the Committee's report on the Year 2000 problem


-- Kevin (mixesmusic@worldnet.att.net), March 02, 1999.

Thank you for the tip.

-- Billie Garvin (still@new.here), March 02, 1999.

Thanks again Kevin.


-- Diane J. Squire (sacredspaces@yahoo.com), March 02, 1999.

Oh, be sure to watch Peter Jennings tonight on ABC World News Tonight. He's covering Y2K again.

Also Dan Rather on CBS is covering the computer systems at the FAA.


-- Diane J. Squire (sacredspaces@yahoo.com), March 02, 1999.

20 minutes now 'til the press conference...

-- Kevin (mixesmusic@worldnet.att.net), March 02, 1999.

Five minutes now till the press conference...

-- Kevin (mixesmusic@worldnet.att.net), March 02, 1999.

Watched part of the press conference. Will post what my observations (I do have some experience in correctly "boiling things down"--don't claim to be an expert) about the first part of the press conference on the thread. "Play by Play-Y2K Day in the Senate."


-- FM (vidprof@aol.com), March 02, 1999.

Would you all be so kind as to post your observations/comments on the Senate Y2k press conference (at least for today 3/2/1999) to the thread entitled "Play by Play Y2k Day in the Senate?"

Trying for a complete archive of the day's events.


-- FM (vidprof@aol.com), March 02, 1999.

"Play by Play: Y2K Day in the U.S. Senate"


-- Kevin (mixesmusic@worldnet.att.net), March 02, 1999.

Thanks the hotlink Kevin! You are handier than drawers in a desk!

-- FM (vidprof@aol.com), March 02, 1999.

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