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    Dodd speaking at a press conference on pay equity.Dodd cosponsors the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act of 2009, which is signed into law on January 29. The Act is an important step that restores the original intent of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act and overturns the Supreme Court’s decision in the case of Ledbetter v. Goodyear Tire and Rubber by clarifying that each paycheck resulting from a discriminatory pay decision would constitute a new violation of the law.

    Senator Dodd shepherds passage of the $33 million Children’s Health Insurance Program reauthorization bill, which will provide health insurance coverage to uninsured children not eligible for Medicaid in 1997. The bill is signed into law by President Obama on February 4.

    Dodd with his wife Jackie and daughters Christina and Grace at the FAAN Walk for Food Allergies. Dodd’s oldest, Grace, has severe food allergies.The father of a daughter with severe food allergies, Senator Dodd introduces the Food Allergy and Anaphylaxis Management Act of 2009, which requires the Secretary of Health and Human Services to develop and make guidelines available to local education agencies, schools, early childhood education programs in order to develop plans to manage the risk of food allergy and anaphylaxis in schools and early childhood education programs.

    A longtime advocate of national service opportunities, Dodd cosponsors the Edward M. Kennedy Serve America Act, which includes several provisions from Dodd’s Service for All Ages initiatives. The bill is signed into law on April 21.