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    1983: Senator Dodd teams up with then-Republican Senator Arlen Specter to form the Senate Children’s Caucus, Congress’ only bipartisan caucus devoted exclusively to issues that affect our nation’s young people.

    Dodd is selected on behalf of Congressional Democrats to deliver a response to President Reagan’s address on the situation in Nicaragua. Dodd criticizes the Administration’s insistence on military aid to the region and instead encourages economic aid.

    Senator Dodd cosponsors the Mashantucket Pequot Indian Land Claims Settlement Act, which is signed into law on October 18. The bill establishes the Tribe’s land claim and provides federal recognition of the Tribe.