Chris Dodd is the youngest person in Connecticut history to be elected to the United States Senate. He's also the first Connecticut son to follow his father into the Senate.
Chris Dodd is Chairman of the Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee, as well as the Foreign Relations Subcommittee on Western Hemisphere, Peace Corps, and Narcotics. He is a member of the Rules and Administration Committee.
Being recognized for his leadership in foreign policy, Chris Dodd received the Edmund S. Muskie Distinguished Public Service Award.
Chris Dodd is Founder and Chair of the bipartisan Senate Afterschool Caucus.
Chris Dodd authored the legislation that was enacted as the Help America Vote Act. This voting rights legislation has been called the most important since the Voting Rights Act of 1965.
Chris Dodd formed the Senate's first children's caucus.
After practicing Law in New London, Chris Dodd was elected to Congress in 1974, and served three terms in the House of Representatives on behalf of Connecticut's Second District.
Chris Dodd is a graduate of Providence College.
Chris Dodd earned a law degree in 1972 from the University of Louisville School of Law.
Chris Dodd is a senior member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. He's also a senior member of the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (a.k.a. HELP), and Chairman of it's Children and Families Subcommittee.
Chris Dodd joined the Peace Corps, and became fluent in Spanish when serving in the village of Moncion, in the Dominican Republic, from 1966 - 1968. In 2008, he authored the Peace Corps Volunteer Empowerment Act.
Chris Dodd: (Addressing the Funding for Connecticut in Economic Recovery Plan, February 13, 2009) With our state's unemployment rate above 7 percent and another 1,700 Connecticut families entering foreclosure last month, it is clear that Connecticut is feeling the full effect of the economic crisis. We clearly need to act quickly to jumpstart our economy, which is why I have fought to make sure that our state gets the resources it needs in the economic recovery package. This funding will help create and save close to 41,000 jobs in our state, provide relief to the people in Connecticut who are struggling in these tough economic times and make a down payment on our future economic security.
Chris Dodd: (Addressing the Creation of Fire Fighter Jobs in Recovery Package, February 13, 2009) We must ensure that the safety of our communities does not fall by the wayside as we work to get our economy back on track. This measure will ensure fire departments in Connecticut and across the country will not have to refuse much-needed federal assistance because of strained local and state budgets. This is about job creation and protecting our communities.
Chris Dodd: (Regarding Senate Passage of the Economic Recovery Package, February 10, 2009) The economic recovery package provides a vital boost to our economy, while making a down-payment on our long-term needs. However, I am disappointed that the version of the package we passed today had necessary funding for Connecticut stripped from the bill during negotiations. I supported today's version because failure to take any action to stop our economic downturn – and quickly – would have a far worse effect. I am hopeful that as the two bills' differences are reconciled we will have the opportunity to increase the funding for Connecticut.
Chris Dodd: (Addressing Job Loss Numbers, Need for Recovery Package, February 6, 2009) These numbers signify the struggle that hundreds of thousands of families are experiencing in the midst of this recession – and Connecticut families are no exception. Now is the moment for Democrats and Republicans to come together and pass a robust package that will put our nation and our state back to work and on the road to recovery. This bill will bring extra financial resources to Connecticut to help stimulate the state's economy, while also making a down-payment on our long-term needs. These investments, combined with a strong commitment on the state level, can provide needed relief and increased opportunities for the hard-working residents of Connecticut.
Chris Dodd: (Introducing Bipartisan Amendment to the Stimulus Bill, February 5, 2009) Foreclosures tear apart families, destroy communities and contribute to our economy's downward spiral. We created the Neighborhood Stabilization Program to give communities resources to combat the effects of the rising tide of foreclosures. Today's bill and amendment would further enhance communities' efforts by boosting funding, giving local governments the freedom to direct these funds to the communities who need them most, and providing legal and other assistance to families facing foreclosure. Unless we act now to deal with the effects of foreclosures, the hemorrhaging will get worse – layoffs will increase, more businesses will shutter their doors, and more American families will suffer.
Chris Dodd: (Regarding the $33 Million Expansion of the State Children's Health Insurance Program, a.k.a. SCHIP, February 4, 2009) As Connecticut families struggle to cope with record numbers of lay-offs, spiraling home values and rising health care costs, the expansion of SCHIP has finally arrived, and not a moment too soon. Thanks to this funding, an additional 25,000 children in Connecticut and 4 million more nationwide will be able to access vital medical care, and their parents will rest easier knowing that their children will never be denied a visit to the doctor simply because they can't afford to pay.
Chris Dodd: (February 4, 2009) The President told the world just weeks ago that a new era of responsibility has begun – and today's announcement demonstrates how seriously he is taking that charge. There is absolutely no reason why hard-working American taxpayers should be financing, directly or indirectly, excessive compensation for corporate executives whose decisions, in many cases, have crippled their firms and weakened the broader economy. To that end, I intend to put forward an amendment to broaden the application of compensation restrictions to all TARP recipients, and to ensure that the government gets its money back if it is determined that taxpayer dollars were used improperly to pay big bonuses at these financial institutions. I look forward to continuing to work with the Administration to ensure that taxpayer dollars are used only for taxpayers' benefit.
Chris Dodd: (Addressing Climate Change at Foreign Relations Hearing, January 28, 2009) We must also be clear that the dimensions of this phenomenon are not solely environmental. Our planet's addiction to fossil fuels has serious ramifications for the global economy. Recent fluctuations in energy prices have impacted the price of food and other essential goods, contributing to higher food prices and food insecurity around the world. Moreover, dependency on fossil fuels has led to increased political tensions between producer and consumer states, including most recently Russia and the Ukraine, which led to shortages throughout much of Europe. The U.S. in particular has become more dependent on foreign sources of energy in recent years, and Americans have seen more and more of their hard-earned wealth transferred overseas, often to regimes hostile to the United States with poor human rights records.
Chris Dodd: (Addressing Climate Change at Foreign Relations Hearing, January 28, 2009) Global action is urgently needed to limit greenhouse gas emissions and reduce our dependence on fossil fuels in order to prevent serious environmental damage, economic turmoil and increased global conflict over resources. However, such an effort is impossible without the full support and cooperation of the United States. With only 4 percent of the world's population but responsible for nearly a quarter of all greenhouse gas emissions, the United States has a moral responsibility to lead. Nevertheless, in spite of this urgency, the Bush Administration did not. Indeed, for all the treaty's flaws, it was shameful that the Bush Administration abandoned the Kyoto Protocol. It is high time the United States once again become a leader in addressing the grave threat of climate change. For eight long years, sound science has been ignored, good policy has been ridiculed, and the U.S. relegated itself to the back bench.
Chris Dodd: (Addressing Climate Change at Foreign Relations Hearing, January 28, 2009) In spite of the doubts still voiced by some, the debate over whether human-related activities are contributing to global climate change is over. The most reliable scientific data we have is crystal clear on this issue. According to a November 2007 report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), an international panel of some of the most respected scientists in the world, the earth's average temperature has increased between 1.1 to 1.6°F since the Industrial Revolution, and if nothing is done to curb greenhouse emissions, the 21st century could see global temperatures rise another 3.2 to 7.2 degrees. While this warming trend may seem minor to the casual observer, even relatively small fluctuations in global temperatures could have potentially devastating impacts on numerous species of plants and wildlife, reduce global agricultural yields, increase the frequency and severity of storms and hurricanes, and contribute to the spread of disease. These dangers represent a global threat, and any real solution to climate change must be a global effort in which all nations are involved.
Chris Dodd: (Kicking off Connecticut Prescriptions for Change Listening Tour, January 23, 2009) The response today was overwhelming. The discussion we had affirmed how deeply committed and passionate people in Connecticut are about seizing the moment that President Obama spoke about this week to transform our health care system. The stories, experiences, and concerns people shared with me today will be a tremendous resource as we get to work to craft a reform package that makes health care affordable and accessible for every American.
Chris Dodd: (January 12, 2009) As Friday's dismal job numbers show, the economic crisis continues to cripple millions of American families and businesses. We need to strengthen our fragile financial system so that families can access the credit they need to pay for a home, a car and college tuition for their children, and businesses can stock inventory and meet payroll. Regrettably, the program intended to meet these objectives has been grossly mismanaged by the current Administration and has not achieved these goals. President Bush failed to impose key conditions intended by Congress on the program, to explain to the public why the program was needed, or to be transparent with Americans about how their hard-earned dollars were being spent. As a result, many people are confused, angry, and feel like the wool's been pulled over their eyes.
Chris Dodd: (January 18, 2009) I can think of no better way to celebrate the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. than to come together and make a real difference in the lives of others. I hope that Americans across the nation will use this day of service as a spring-board; not a single-day event, but a start to a lifetime of continued service. I am encouraged that President-Elect Obama has displayed such a strong and genuine commitment to service, and I look forward to working with him in the Senate to expand service opportunities for Americans of all ages.
Chris Dodd: If we are going to take action to protect and promote the health of children, we have to protect and promote the health of mothers – it's that simple.
Chris Dodd: (January 9, 2009) We have a golden opportunity in the coming months to not only rebuild existing transportation infrastructure and provide new capacity – and we need to – but to also start thinking differently about the role transportation plays in America – about how we get to work and school, how our businesses move and ship products. Not just how we live our lives today, but how we want to live our lives tomorrow.
Chris Dodd: (Introducing the Sandy Feldman Kindergarten Plus Act, March 13, 2008) Far too many low-income children are forced to play catch-up starting the first day of school because they have not had access to the same educational resources as their more affluent peers. Educating our nation's children is the best way to ensure America continues to prosper, and we cannot afford to allow disadvantaged kids to slip through the cracks. By providing them a solid educational foundation, we give them a chance to build a better and brighter future for themselves and our nation.
Chris Dodd: (January 21, 2008) Dr. Martin Luther King's leadership inspired equality, change and peace at a time when our nation was in grave need of a strong moral compass to guide us. While we take today to formally commemorate his contributions to our country and the world, Dr. King's legacy touches American lives each and every day and lives on in our continual effort to ensure that this nation is a land of liberty and opportunity for all. I hope that all Americans work to build upon this legacy in order to honor Dr. King's vision and dream for America.
Chris Dodd: (May 14, 2008) We learned a lot today from our witnesses about what steps Congress can take to help our schools safeguard the more than 3 million children who have food allergies in the United States. There are 125,000 emergency room visits each year for food allergies, with over 3,000 resulting in hospitalizations and 100 to 200 deaths per year. Such startling statistics worry us as parents – but they should also compel us to act, particularly when the health of children is at stake. That is why I have written the Food Allergy and Anaphylaxis Management Act – because Congress needs to ensure that schools have access to consistent, uniform food allergy guidelines and resources to actually carry them out.
Chris Dodd: (Addressing the Committee passage of the Newborn Screening Saves Lives Act of 2007) As the father of two young daughters, this is an issue near and dear to my heart. This critically important piece of legislation will go a long way forward helping newborns lead long and healthy lives. All newborns, regardless of their place of birth, should be screened for conditions that may threaten their long-term health. I urge my colleagues to work to pass this legislation as quickly as possible.
Chris Dodd: (Addressing Report Linking Childhood Obesity to Heart Disease, November 12, 2008) This disturbing report is further confirmation that childhood obesity presents a medical emergency and must be treated that way. I am deeply worried to learn that our children may be facing life-threatening diseases and health conditions that previously only threatened adults.
This report is part of a growing body of evidence that today's children may be the first generation of Americans to lead shorter, less-healthy lives than their parents. The Federal government needs to show leadership and provide states, local communities, and families the tools and support they need to protect our children.
Chris Dodd: (Introducing the 2007 Nursing Home Fire Safety Act, June 13, 2007) Today, many nursing homes are financially strained by inadequate reimbursement rates, rising energy costs, and the general cost of care for some of our country's most vulnerable patients, making it difficult for them to afford life-saving equipment such as automatic sprinkler systems. That is why we must do all that we can to provide them with the means to adequately outfit their facilities with the appropriate fire safety systems. This modest and bipartisan bill would help provide critical resources to save lives and prevent unnecessary tragedies from occurring.
Chris Dodd: (December 14, 2007) American families are enduring record foreclosures and are being battered by predatory lending and a lack of credit. This measure can shield homeowners from harm by helping families find safe, fair, and affordable mortgages. It can help provide credit, both for new homeowners and those seeking a way out of abusive loans in which they are currently trapped. I am pleased that the Senate has overwhelmingly approved this bill and I will continue to fight to enact this legislation to help provide hope and help to American homeowners.
Chris Dodd: (September 30, 2008) Quality after school programs should be should be available to all children. After school programs help lift an immense burden off millions of parents who have to work long hours in order to make ends meet. More importantly, they engage kids in a constructive, safe, and fun environment. I hope that parents, students, and teachers across the country will join in celebrating after school programs in their communities this October.
Chris Dodd: I have met and talked with local auto dealers and suppliers from our state, union officials and others, and we all share the same concern. With unemployment in our state at a 15-year high, we cannot risk letting the auto industry fail.
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