Clinton/Gore Administration Sells Out Small Businesses, Consumers on Y2K Liability Bill

June 29, 1999

Clinton/Gore Administration Sells Out Small Businesses,
Consumers on Y2K Liability Bill

Statement of Joan Claybrook, President of Public Citizen

President Clinton?s 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 products.

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.

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