US Congressmen want 'official' New Year's Day moved

Two US Congressmen have introduced a bill proposing that the official New Year's Day holiday be moved to Monday January 3, 2000 to give businesses and government agencies a 24-hour period to correct any Y2K problems that occur.

Congressmen John Linder (Republican, Georgia) and David Dreier (Republican, California) introduced the bill, called H.J. Res. 14, in September last year.

"Congressional committees have been successfully working to prepare the nation for Y2K, and this is a modest proposal for their consideration," said Representative Linder in an official statement. "It is not a silver bullet to solve the problem," Linder said.

While the efforts are good intentioned, one analyst said they probably aren't enough. The proposal for an "extra two days won't do anything," said Kazim Isfahani, an analyst at Giga Information Group in Massachusetts. "Legislating the problem away isn't the way to go about it," he said.

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