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Rep. Polis leads bi-partisan effort urging house leadership to fully fund PILT
September 28, 2016
Rep. Polis leads bi-partisan effort urging house leadership to fully fund PILT Washington, Sept. 28: Today, Rep. Jared Polis (D-Colo.) led a bi-partisan group of 95 Members of Congress, alongside Rep. Chris Stewart (R-Utah), urging House leadership to secure full funding for the Payments in Lieu of Taxes (PILT) Program. “I am fortunate to serve a district that is home to acres and acres of majestic public lands,” said Polis. “We have to protect these public lands and compensate the communities t... More
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Polis joins Grijalva, questions GOP commitment to tribal consultation as Majority prevents vote on Dakota Pipeline Amendment
September 28, 2016
Washington – Republicans late yesterday blocked a vote in the House of Representatives on an amendment to the Water Resources Development Act by Rep. Jared Polis (D-Colo.) and Ranking Member Raúl M. Grijalva (D-Ariz.) that would have made completion of the controversial Dakota Access Pipeline dependent on the Army Corps of Engineers publishing a full environmental impact statement for the project. The amendment, originally offered on Monday, was technically “ruled out of order” by the majority o... More
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Polis launches Congressional Blockchain Caucus
September 26, 2016
WASHINGTON - Today Rep. Jared Polis (D-Colo.) released the following statement regarding the formation of the new bipartisan Congressional Blockchain Caucus dedicated to the advancement of sound public policy toward blockchain-based technologies and digital currencies. “The blockchain has boundless potential," Polis said. "From cryptocurrencies to supply chains to banking to property titling, blockchain-based solutions have the ability to decentralize cybersecurity and revolutionize many industr... More
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McConnell, Wyden, Paul, Polis gain insight to advance industrial hemp research
September 20, 2016
After U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.), and Rep. Jared Polis (D-Colo.) raised concerns about funding for industrial hemp pilot projects last year, U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) clarified which industrial hemp research programs are eligible for existing federal research funding. USDA issued the guidance following a bicameral letter from the legislators. The guidance clarifies that industrial hemp would be eligible for Nat... More
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Polis criticizes private immigration detention centers, welcomes action
August 30, 2016
Boulder, Colo. – Rep. Jared Polis (D-Colo.) welcomed news that the Dept. of Homeland Security will review its use of private contractors to operate immigration detention centers. Colorado has a massive, private, 1,500+ bed immigration detention facility located in Aurora, just off of I-70. The Dept. of Homeland Security’s decision follows the Department of Justice’s announcement on Aug. 18 that it will end its use of for-profit prisons. "The majority of immigrants who are subject to our immigrat... More
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