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    Dec082010

    1994

    Dodd reading to a classroom of children at Bridgeport's Roosevelt School.1994: Dodd is named “Senator of the Decade” by National Head Start for his work on behalf of children.

    Senator Dodd authors the Human Services Amendments of 1994, which becomes law on May 18. This bill reauthorizes appropriations for the Head Start Act, Community Services Block Grant Act and the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Act for Fiscal Years 1995 – 1998.

    Dodd authors the Mohegan Land Claims Settlement Bill, which helps to extinguish pending land claims of the Mohegan Indian tribe, who had just been granted federal recognition. With Dodd’s support, the bill paves the way for the establishment of their reservation and approval of a gaming compact.

    Dodd authors the Safe Schools Act, which is signed into law on October 20 as part of the Improving America’s Schools Act of 1994.

    Dodd at Electric Boat in 2009.Dodd, recognizing the importance of the defense industry to Connecticut’s economy, fights to secure more than $5.58 billion in funding for vital projects at Electric Boat, Pratt & Whitney, Sikorsky, Textron/Allied Signal, COLT Manufacturing, and Hughes Optical.

    Dodd authors two important education programs in the Improving America’s Schools Act of 1994 -- the 21st Century Community Learning Center program, which funds non-school hour educational programming for academic enrichment and social supports and the Safe and Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act, an initiative to prevent drug abuse and violence in and around schools. The bill is signed into law on October 20.