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    On March 1, Dodd’s second child, Christina, is born.

    2005: Senator Dodd cosponsors the Class Action Fairness Act of 2005, which expands federal jurisdiction over class-action lawsuits in the United States in which the amount in controversy exceeds $5 million. The bill is signed into law by President Bush on February 18.

    On March 3, Senator Dodd founds the bipartisan Senate Afterschool Caucus along with several colleagues in the House of Representatives. The Caucus’ goal is to ensure that high-quality afterschool programming is available to every child and family that needs it. Dodd still serves as the Caucus’ chair.

    Dodd at the Class Action Fairness Act bill signing.Dodd leads the charge to defend consumers against the industry-friendly Bankruptcy Bill by voting against the bill on March 10, and is praised by Harvard Law Professor Elizabeth Warren, who said, “There was no payoff for opposing all of the bankruptcy amendments and in fact all of the money was on the other side and there was plenty of political cover to vote for them, but Dodd led the push on the other side.” Dodd is praised for helping to delay the bill by more than a decade and for watering down provisions particularly tough on debtors.

    Senator Dodd introduces the Ryan White CARE Act Reauthorization that expands pediatric HIV/AIDS research and ensures that children are incorporated into trials for HIV/AIDS vaccines. Dodd’s bill also improves services and care for children and adolescents with HIV/AIDS by making it easier for them to participate in clinical research trials and by recruiting them to seek care. The bill is signed into law on December 19.

    Dodd at an event celebrating the repeal of the Stem Cell ban by President Obama in 2009.Dodd cosponsors the bipartisan Stem Cell Therapeutic and Research Act, which improves medical treatment by improving patient access to genetically matched cord blood stem cells. The bill is signed into law on December 20.

    Senator Dodd authors the Terrorism Risk Insurance Extension Act of 2005, which is signed into law on December 22. The bill extends the terrorism risk insurance program from 2005 through 2007.