Chris Dodd on Families & Children
Democratic Sr Senator (CT)
Q: Would you support enabling an American citizen to petition for immigration sponsorship for a same sex partner, and treating opposite and same sex couples in the same manner under the immigration code?
A: While hope and confidence and optimism are clearly very important, I think experience matters a great deal--the experience people bring to their candidacy; the bold ideas that they’ve championed over the years. I’m very proud of the fact that, over my 26 years in the Senate, I’ve authored landmark legislation, the Family and Medical Leave Act, child care legislation, reform of financial institutions. What’s missing, more than anything else right now, is the ability to bring people together to get the job done.
Q: But if someone really wants a change, are you the guy to give it to them?
A: I think they ought to look back. If you want to get a good idea of where someone is going to lead or how they’re going to lead, I think it’s very appropriate to say, “What have you done? Show me. Demonstrate to me the ability to get these things done that you’ve championed in the past.”
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The White House Conference on Children and Youth in 2010 Act - Directs the President to call a White House Conference on Children and Youth in 2010 to: (1) encourage improvements in each state and local child welfare system; and (2) develop recommendations for actions to implement express policy regarding federal, state, and local programs. The Congress finds the following:
Authorizes grants to states for sex education programs, including education on abstinence and contraception, to prevent teenage pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases. Expresses the sense of Congress that states are encouraged, although not required, to provide matching funds to receive such grants.
Requires the Secretary to provide for a national evaluation of a representative sample of such programs for effectiveness in delaying the initiation of sexual intercourse and other high-risk behaviors, preventing pregnancy and sexually transmitted disease, and increasing contraceptive knowledge and behavior. Requires states receiving such grants to provide for an individual evaluation of the state's program by an external, independent entity.
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Newly appointed in 2009;
special election in 2010:
Announced retirement as of 2010:
Senate races in 2010:
AK:Miller(R) vs.McAdams(D) vs.Murkowski(I)
CA:Boxer(D) vs.Fiorina(R) vs.Lightfoot(L)
FL:Rubio(R) vs.Crist(I) vs.Meek(D) vs.DeCastro(C) vs.Snitker(L)
KS:Johnston(D) vs.Moran(R) vs.Bellis(Rfm)
OH:Fisher(R) vs.Portman(D) vs.Deaton(C)
VT:Leahy(D) vs.Britton(R) vs.Freilich(I)
Senate Votes (analysis)