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Granting Veterans Access to Medical Marijuana
May 23, 2016
Thursday, May 19: Washington, D.C. - Today the U.S. House of Representatives took historic action to provide veterans access to medical marijuana. By a bipartisan vote of 233-189, the House of Representatives approved an amendment to the Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Appropriations bill to remove a barrier that prohibited VA doctors from prescribing or even talking to patients about medical marijuana in states where medical marijuana is legal. The amendment was co-authored by Rep. J... More
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Rep. Polis Statement on Anti-LGBT Provision in National Defense Authorization Act and Milcon-VA
May 19, 2016
Thursday, May 19: Washington, D.C. - Rep. Jared Polis (D-CO) released the following statement regarding his vote against the passage of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) and the Military Construction and Veteran Affairs (Milcon-VA) Appropriations bill. Included in the passage of NDAA was Section 1094 - an anti-LGBT provision - that dramatically undermined President Obama’s landmark Executive Order prohibiting discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity by federal co... More
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Polis Joins in Introducing Legislation to Keep Congress in Session Until Senate Considers Merrick Garland Nomination
May 18, 2016
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Representative Jared Polis (CO-02) joined Representatives Elizabeth Esty (CT-5), Chris Van Hollen (MD-8), Tammy Duckworth (IL-8), Ann Kirkpatrick (AZ-1), and Patrick Murphy (FL-18) in introducing legislation to prohibit Congress from adjourning this summer without holding a public hearing or a vote on President Obama’s nomination of Chief Judge Merrick Garland to fill the late Justice Antonin Scalia’s seat on the United States Supreme Court. In the history of the United... More
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Polis commends Department of Education guidelines directing schools to provide equitable access to bathrooms
May 16, 2016
Friday, May 13: Washington, D.C. - Today, the Department of Education and Department of Justice sent guidance to schools across the country directing them to provide transgender students access to bathroom facilities that align with their gender identity. The letter makes it clear that public schools and postsecondary institutions that receive federal funds should comply with the guidance, and that incompliance would be a violation of Title IX of the Civil Rights Act. The Administration’s action... More
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Polis Releases Statement Regarding EPA Rule
May 12, 2016
Thursday, May 12: Washington, D.C. - Representative Jared Polis (D-Colo.) released the following statement today after the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced a finalized rule to limit methane emissions from new and modified oil and gas facilities. Modeled after recent action in Colorado, the rule will avoid the equivalent of 11 million metric tons of carbon dioxide by 2025, and creates climate benefits of over $170 million. This is an important, cost-effective way to protect our hea... More
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