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

  • 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 Statement on Mass Shooting in Orlando
    Posted in Press Releases on June 12, 2016 | Preview rr
    Tags: LGBT Equality & Civil Rights

    Washington, D.C., June 13, 2016: Rep. Jared Polis (D-Colo.) released the following statement regarding the mass shootings at Pulse Nightclub in Orlando, Florida. “The Orlando shooting was a direct attack on equality, diversity, and freedom; it was an act of terror against all Americans,” Rep. Polis said. “Most tragically it snuffed out dozens of vibrant lives too soon, and darkened countless others. My heartfelt sympathy is with the victims as well as their families, friends, and the city of Orl... 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

  • Rep. Polis Statement on Anti-LGBT Provision in National Defense Authorization Act and Milcon-VA
    Posted in Press Releases on May 19, 2016 | Preview rr
    Tags: LGBT Equality & Civil Rights

    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... Read more

  • Polis commends Department of Education guidelines directing schools to provide equitable access to bathrooms
    Posted in Press Releases on May 16, 2016 | Preview rr
    Tags: LGBT Equality & Civil Rights

    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... 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

  • 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 joins civil rights leaders to unveil comprehensive LGBT equality bill
    Posted in Press Releases on July 23, 2015 | Preview rr
    Tags: LGBT Equality & Civil Rights

    Rep. Jared Polis (D-CO) today joined Reps. David Cicilline (D-RI) and John Lewis (D-GA) and Senators Jeff Merkley (D-OR), Tammy Baldwin (D-WI), and Cory Booker (D-NJ) to introduce a landmark bill that would extend civil rights statutes to end discrimination against LGBT individuals. Specifically, the Equality Act would amend the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and other existing laws to prohibit discrimination based on actual or perceived sexual orientation or gender identity in the areas of employment... Read more

  • Amendment to Prevent Discrimination Against LGBT Students Gets Historic Vote in Senate
    Posted in Press Releases on July 14, 2015 | Preview rr
    Tags: LGBT Equality & Civil Rights, Education

    An amendment to the Every Child Achieves Act that would prevent discrimination against LGBT students received a historic vote in the U.S. Senate today. The Student Non Discrimination Act (SNDA) was also introduced as a standalone bill in the House in February, and is authored by Reps. Jared Polis (D-CO), Robert C. “Bobby” Scott (D-VA), and Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL) in the House, and Senator Al Franken (D-MI) in the Senate. The measure received 52 votes in the Senate but fell short of the 60 nee... Read more

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