U.S. Representative Jared Polis

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  • Department of Defense Appropriations Act 2014 (Ground Based Midcourse Defense Program)
    Posted in Floor Speeches on July 23, 2013 | Preview rr
    Tags: Foreign Policy & Defense

    Mr. Chairman, as Members of Congress, one of our greatest responsibilities is to keep our country safe and invest our resources wisely, especially when it comes to securing the safety of our country. The Ground-Based Midcourse Defense (GMD) program is a missile system that is supposed to be designed to deflect missiles from rogue states like Iran and North Korea. That would be great if it worked. It is a system with a long history of failure, and military leaders have expressed doubts for years ... Read more

  • Department of Defense Appropriations Act 2014 (Representing Nontheistic Faiths)
    Posted in Floor Speeches on July 23, 2013 | Preview rr
    Tags: Foreign Policy & Defense

    Mr. Chairman, I rise in opposition to the Fleming amendment. I think there is a basic misunderstanding here about the needs of people who lack a particular faith tradition. I would also point out that we already ordain nontheistic chaplains in our military, including Buddhists, which is a nontheistic faith. Some Unitarians may also have a nontheistic faith tradition. However, over 20 percent of the members of our military identify as nonbelievers. While, of course, their needs should be catered ... Read more

  • Energy and Water Development and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2014
    Posted in Floor Speeches on July 20, 2013 | Preview rr
    Tags: Energy & Environment

    Mr. Chairman, you know, the funding priorities of this bill are simply upside down. This bill prioritizes nuclear weapons funding over research for innovative technologies that will lead to energy independence and launch a future for sustainable energy and job growth in our country. This bill before us underfunds programs that not only will grow our Nation's clean energy sources but also will promote jobs and emerging technologies and maintain critical infrastructure. At the same time it makes t... Read more

  • Student Success Act
    Posted in Floor Speeches on July 19, 2013 | Preview rr
    Tags: Education

    Mr. Chairman, I want to respond briefly to some of Chairman Kline's introduction. I think both sides can agree that there are flaws in No Child Left Behind. AYP is a flawed formula. Personally, I think the answer reflected in the Democratic substitute is to get accountability right, not take a step back from accountability. The chairman mentioned that ``now we have more information about the quality of teachers and schools'' thanks to No Child Left Behind. And to his credit, in the initial draft... Read more

  • Fixing our Broken Immigration System
    Posted in Floor Speeches on July 18, 2013 | Preview rr
    Tags: Immigration

    It is rare, Mr. Speaker, that more than two-thirds of the United States Senate agrees on anything. It's rare, Mr. Speaker, when two-thirds of the American people agree on anything. And yet the Senate, with 68 votes, passed a comprehensive immigration reform bill that will finally replace our broken immigration system with one that works: one that works for our economy; one that works for American families; one that helps grow jobs; and one that restores the rule of law to an underground system w... Read more

  • H.R. 5, Student Success Act
    Posted in Floor Speeches on July 18, 2013 | Preview rr
    Tags: Education

    Mr. Speaker, I thank the gentlewoman for yielding me the customary 30 minutes, and I yield myself such time as I may consume. Mr. Speaker, I rise in opposition to the rule and the underlying bill, H.R. 5, the so-called Student Success Act. The Student Success Act is an ideological attempt to reduce the crucial Federal role in K-12 education. To be clear, there's no excuse for bad policy that interferes with student learning and prevents opportunity from reaching all corners of this land. There's... Read more

  • Student Success Act
    Posted in Floor Speeches on July 18, 2013 | Preview rr
    Tags: Education

    Mr. Chairman, I rise today to support this amendment that I was pleased to work on with Representative Brooks, which would clarify that Federal funds can be used for computer science education, particularly when it comes to teacher preparation and professional development to make sure that teachers have the skills and knowledge that they need to make sure that their students can receive the instruction they need to have jobs in the 21st century. This amendment is based on the Computer Science Ed... Read more

  • Learn Act
    Posted in Floor Speeches on July 17, 2013 | Preview rr
    Tags: Education

    Mr. YARMUTH. Madam Speaker, literacy is the foundation for success in every aspect of our economy and society. Research clearly demonstrates that a literacy-rich environment starting in early childhood is a critical prerequisite for high school graduation, college success, and career readiness; but according to the National Assessment of Educational Progress, two-thirds of all fourth and eight graders do not read at a proficient level. Underachievement in literacy at all educational levels contr... Read more

  • The Need for Comprehensive Immigration Reform
    Posted in Floor Speeches on July 9, 2013 | Preview rr
    Tags: Immigration

    Mr. Speaker, I rise today to call upon this body to pass comprehensive immigration reform. Moments ago, I was at a mock graduation of hundreds of Dreamers. These are young, de facto Americans, Americans who are as American as you or I, grew up, played on the sports team, were cheerleaders, in some cases valedictorians in their high schools, and yet they lack the paperwork to prove that they are Americans. They are as American in their hearts as any of us and have so much to give to the great cou... Read more

  • H.R. 2609, Energy and Water Development and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2014
    Posted in Floor Speeches on July 9, 2013 | Preview rr
    Tags: Energy & Environment

    Mr. Speaker, I rise in opposition to the underlying bill, H.R. 2609, the fiscal year 2014 Energy and Water Appropriations Act. Having this bill on the floor this week is another example of how we, as a body, our Congress, has its priorities wrong. It's why Congress has an approval rating of 12 percent. Rather than fixing our broken immigration system and replacing it with one that works for our country, rather than doing something about the fact that student loan rates just doubled for students ... Read more

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