U.S. Representative Jared Polis

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  • Polis statement on President Trump’s FY2018 Budget Proposal
    Posted in Press Releases on March 16, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Immigration, Economy, Health Care, Energy & Environment, Science & Technology, LGBT Equality & Civil Rights, Labor

    Rep. Jared Polis, D-Colo., released the following statement today after President Donald J. Trump released his fiscal year 2018 budget proposal that included massive cuts to essential domestic programs: "This is a carelessly crafted wrecking ball," Polis said. "The President's budget says less diplomacy, more bombs. He's saying less resources for underserved students, and more for private schools. He’s saying less funding for our world-renowned scientists, and more dollars for walls. He's saying... Read more

  • Congress gets serious about Blockchain
    Posted in Press Releases on February 9, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Economy, Science & Technology

    Today, Rep. Jared Polis (D-Colo.) and David Schweikert (R-Ariz.) announced the launch of the Congressional Blockchain Caucus. The bipartisan Caucus will be dedicated to the advancement of sound public policy toward blockchain-based technologies and digital currencies. “Blockchain has the potential to transform the 21st century economy,” Polis said. “Lawmakers need to understand that as the world rapidly changes, it’s our responsibility to ensure that we craft policies and adapt laws that match o... Read more

  • Polis, Yoder Reintroduce Widely-Supported Email Privacy Act
    Posted in Press Releases on January 9, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Science & Technology, LGBT Equality & Civil Rights

    Washington, D.C. – Today, Reps. Jared Polis (D-Colo.) and Kevin Yoder (R-Kan.) reintroduced the Email Privacy Act, legislation that modernizes America’s digital privacy laws by establishing protections against warrantless searches of private emails. The Email Privacy Act would update the Electronic Communications Privacy Act (ECPA) to state that all government agencies must get a warrant to search Americans’ online communications, regardless of when the email was crafted. In 1986, Congress passe... Read more

  • Polis launches Congressional Blockchain Caucus
    Posted in Press Releases on September 26, 2016 | Preview rr
    Tags: Science & Technology

    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... Read more

  • Senate Judiciary Committee to Vote on Email Privacy Act
    Posted in Press Releases on May 25, 2016 | Preview rr
    Tags: Science & Technology, LGBT Equality & Civil Rights

    Washington, D.C., May 25, 2016: - The Senate Judiciary Committee will vote on the Electronic Communications Privacy Act Amendments Act of 2015 (S. 356) on Thursday. The Electronic Communications Privacy Act of 2015 is the Senate-version of the Email Privacy Act, which was co-authored by Rep. Jared Polis (D-Colo.) and passed by the House of Representative unanimously on April 27, 2016. The Email Privacy Act would update the Electronic Communications Privacy Act (ECPA) to require all government ag... Read more

  • House Unanimously Passes Polis’s Email Privacy Act
    Posted in Press Releases on April 27, 2016 | Preview rr
    Tags: Science & Technology, LGBT Equality & Civil Rights

    Wednesday, Apr. 27 – Washington, DC - Today, the Email Privacy Act (H.R. 699) unanimously passed the United States House of Representatives. Co-authored by Reps. Jared Polis (D-CO) and Kevin Yoder (R-KS) the legislation compiled wide bipartisan support - over 300 co-sponsors - making it one of the most popular bills in Congress. The Email Privacy Act would update the Electronic Communications Privacy Act (ECPA) to state that all government agencies must get a warrant to search Americans’ online ... Read more

  • Polis Solar EDGE to Boost Expansion and Venture in American Solar Industry
    Posted in Press Releases on April 21, 2016 | Preview rr
    Tags: Economy, Energy & Environment, Science & Technology

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – In an effort to continue his push to incentivize clean energy and job growth, Representative Jared Polis (D-CO) introduced the Solar Expansion Distributed Generation Exponentially (EDGE) Act. The bill will promote investment in small scale distributed generation solar projects, especially residential installation, across the U.S., and encourage long-term job growth in the solar industry. “Investing in clean energy technology has been a top priority of mine and many Coloradans,... Read more

  • Polis Statement on Unanimous Passage of Email Privacy Act out of House Judiciary Committee
    Posted in Press Releases on April 13, 2016 | Preview rr
    Tags: Science & Technology

    Wednesday, Apr. 13th – Washington, DC - Rep. Jared Polis (CO-02), released the following statement today following the House Judiciary Committee’s markup and unanimous passage of the Email Privacy Act (H.R. 699), 28-0. The Email Privacy Act would modernize the Electronic Communication Privacy Act (ECPA), which hasn’t been updated since 1986. The bill has the largest amount of support of any bill in the House of Representatives with over 300 bipartisan sponsors. The popular online privacy bill is... Read more

  • Congress, it's time to vote on email privacy
    Posted in Op-Eds on April 13, 2016 | Preview rr
    Tags: Science & Technology, LGBT Equality & Civil Rights

    In 1986 the Internet was just an experimental form of communication between a handful of academics, and yet more than 30 years later, Americans’ online email privacy laws remain stuck in the pre-internet era. At this moment, law enforcement can access American citizens’ emails without a warrant, even though the exact same messages in paper form would require a warrant. Law-abiding Americans have a right to be frustrated and upset. While email has developed into one of the most common forms of co... Read more

  • Polis Statement on FBI Demand to Decrypt Apple iPhone
    Posted in Press Releases on February 23, 2016 | Preview rr
    Tags: Science & Technology

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – Rep. Jared Polis (CO-02) released the following statement today regarding the federal government’s order for Apple to develop new software allowing the FBI access into an encrypted iPhone. “The federal government’s demand to force a private company to develop new decryption software for its own device in the name of national security will produce the exact opposite results,” said Polis. “Not only will this weaken the security of Americans, but who doesn’t believe that cybercri... Read more

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