Senator Dodd draws on his extensive experience to give audiences an understanding of the impact of current events and the political landscape on such issues as the economy, budget deficit, unemployment, health care, immigration, the future of Social Security and Medicare, U.S. foreign policy, the war in Afghanistan, the on-going unrest in the Middle East and other critical issues facing the country here at home and around the world. Dodd addresses the course ahead for the Obama Administration and Congress examining whether a divided House and Senate will help-or hinder-the efforts of both political parties as they look solve the major issues facing our country today.
Having led a wide-ranging, tireless and effective 36-year career, Chris Dodd speaks with authority on issues of vital importance to America’s future. As the author of some of the most significant pieces of legislation to be enacted over the last quarter century, Dodd discusses the impact that Washington will have on business, the economy, foreign policy and many other issues. Topic areas include:
- Business, the Economy and Washington: A Look at Dodd-Frank’s Impact on America
- Health Care Reform: The Effects on the Business and Consumer Landscape
- Consumer Credit: Reform in the Age of Plastic
- The Future of Latin America: Opportunities and Challenges for U.S. Policy in the Hemisphere
- A Family Affair: The Impact of FMLA and Washington’s Role in Helping Families
A prolific, respected and highly influential legislator who worked in a bipartisan fashion on issues of immense consequence to our future—including financial industry regulation, health care reform, foreign policy and education—Chris Dodd provides his straightforward views on current events, what’s going on in Washington and what it all means for the country.
With 30 years in the U.S. Senate and six years in the U.S. House of Representatives, Chris Dodd built a solid, commanding reputation for independence, vision and effectiveness that few in Washington can match. His presentations reflect his candor and forthrightness on current events and the issues of the day. His sponsorship of the Dodd-Frank Act to improve regulation, accountability and transparency of the financial industry in order to protect both the economy and consumers, was only one of the many milestones in a successful career committed to making America safer, stronger and more prosperous. As both the lead sponsor of financial regulatory reform and one of the primary leaders who led the fight for national health care, he helps organizations understand the impact of these landmark bills on the business community, the economy and the consumer. Other legislative accomplishments of note include authoring the Help America Vote Act (HAVA) which he passed with Mitch McConnell following the 2000 Election Cycle, TARP legislation, the Iran Sanctions Bill, mental health parity laws, credit card reform legislation and the India nuclear accords. In addition to his in-depth experience leading banking and financial reforms, Dodd is passionate about and an authority on Latin America as well as children and family issues. The founder of the Senate Children’s Caucus who was honored as National Head Start “Senator of the Decade” for his efforts on behalf of children and families, Dodd’s passion for youth and education was showcased by his sponsorship of the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) which has profoundly impacted millions of individuals across the country by allowing them to care for loved ones when they are in need.