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    Wednesday
    Dec082010

    2010

    A supporter of equal rights for America’s gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender citizens, Dodd cosponsors the Military Readiness Enhancement Act of 2010, which would replace the military’s “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy with one of nondiscrimination on the basis of sexual orientation.

    As Chairman of the Senate Banking Committee, Dodd coauthors the Comprehensive Iran Sanctions, Accountability, and Divestment Act of 2010, which is signed into law on July 1. The bill strengthens sanctions against the Iranian regime as a result of its engagement in human rights abuses against its own citizens and supports the President as he pursues a dual track of engagement and sanctions.

    Dodd introduces the Fire Grant Reauthorization Act of 2010, which would reauthorize his FIRE and SAFER grant programs for five years. The FIRE and SAFER programs give local fire departments the ability to purchase new equipment, initiate education and training programs and alleviate critical shortfalls in professional and volunteer personnel.

    Senator Dodd cosponsors the Stem Cell Therapeutic and Research Reauthorization Act of 2010, which provides for continued funding of the National Cord Blood Inventory and the national bone marrow transplantation program, while making improvements to both. Among the most critical changes to the law is the prioritization of the creation of new cord blood collection sites so that the National Cord Blood Inventory can be increased. The bill is signed into law on October 8.