U.S. Representative Jared Polis

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  • Polis statement on Melecio Andazola-Morales case
    Posted in Press Releases on October 16, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Immigration

    Rep. Jared Polis, D-Boulder, offered a statement of support for Melecio Andazola-Morales, a constituent, today. On Thursday, October 12, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) detained Andazola-Morales while he was attending an interview to seek lawful permanent residency. ICE is holding him in detention in Aurora. “Another productive member of our community - a dedicated employee and a father of four U.S. citizen children – was detained aggressively, and torn from his family as the late... Read more

  • Polis reaches across the aisle to ban the manufacture, sale, and use of bump-stocks
    Posted in Press Releases on October 10, 2017 | Preview rr

    Rep. Jared Polis, D-Colo., signed on to bipartisan legislation today that would ban the manufacture, sale, and use of bump stocks and other similar devices used to convert firearms into illegal automatic weapons, moving forward on promises he made after the Las Vegas shooting to take concrete action on gun safety legislation. “We can preserve the Second Amendment while helping to avoid another mass shooting, but we can only do so if we rise above the usual partisan gridlock. A basic step we can ... Read more

  • Polis champions cooperatives, introduces resolution
    Posted in Press Releases on October 5, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Economy

    Today, during National Co-op Month, Rep. Jared Polis, D-Colo., introduced a resolution commending the cooperative business model - along with Rep. Mark Pocan, D-Wis., and Rep. Chellie Pingree, D-Maine. "Our democracy can only thrive when hard working Americans thrive. Co-ops, including employee-owned businesses and customer-owned businesses, are one way we can ensure more people have a fair shot at the American Dream while increasing overall productivity,” said Polis. “These types of business mo... Read more

  • Polis found to be most effective U.S. Representative in Colorado in 114th Congress
    Posted in Press Releases on October 3, 2017 | Preview rr

    Washington: A nonpartisan think-tank found Rep. Jared Polis, D-Colo., the most effective U.S. Representative in Colorado in the 114th Congress. The Center for Effective Lawmaking ranked Polis 47 out of 193 Democrats last congress in his effectiveness, exceeding projected expectations. "At a time when we must defend progress and keep pushing forward, I am proud to be named the most effective U.S. Representative in Colorado by the nonpartisan Center for Effective Lawmaking. I credit my effectivene... Read more

  • Polis statement on mass shooting in Las Vegas
    Posted in Press Releases on October 2, 2017 | Preview rr

    Rep. Jared Polis, D-Colo., gave the following statement about the mass shooting overnight in Las Vegas. "I am devastated and horrified, but not shocked. Mass shootings must not become the new normal. While I am praying for the victims and everyone affected, I am also calling on my fellow members of congress to act. If not now, when? We can save lives while protecting our Second Amendment rights,” said Polis. Polis has cosponsored the bipartisan Public Safety and Second Amendment Rights Protectio... Read more

  • Polis statement on racial incident at the Air Force Academy Prep School
    Posted in Press Releases on September 28, 2017 | Preview rr

    Rep. Jared Polis, D-Colo., gave the following statement about racial slurs that targeted five cadets at the U.S. Air Force Academy Prep School. “As a member of the Air Force Academy Board of Visitors, I am particularly troubled and disgusted by the act of hate committed at the Air Force Academy Prep School. It is far beneath the dignity of the Air Force Academy, and I expect they will complete a full and thorough investigation and issue the appropriate punishment. We must remain committed to ens... Read more

  • Polis’s plan to make textbooks more affordable gets praise from faculty and students, alike
    Posted in Press Releases on September 26, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Education

    Washington: Rep. Jared Polis, D-Colo., introduced the Affordable College Textbook Act today, as part of his plan to make college more affordable. The bill expands access to free, high-quality textbooks, earning praise from faculty and students at Front Range Community College. According to College Board, the average student budget for college books and supplies during the 2016-17 academic year was $1,250. According to a survey by U.S. PIRG, 65 percent of students decided not to buy a textbook be... Read more

  • Polis introduces a nationwide plan to bolster access to affordable preschool and child care
    Posted in Press Releases on September 14, 2017 | Preview rr

    Rep. Jared Polis, D-Colo., introduced the Child Care for Working Families Act today, a nationwide plan to ensure that all families have access to affordable, quality preschool and child care. “Education, from early childhood through college, is the single best investment we can make in our future. Sadly, many parents are priced-out of high-quality preschool and child care,” said Polis. “No child should be denied a good start just because of their family's economic circumstances, and no parent s... Read more

  • Colorado schools agree with Polis’s bill to increase college affordability and access
    Posted in Press Releases on September 14, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Education

    Rep. Jared Polis, D-Colo., introduced bipartisan legislation to help more community college transfer students earn degrees, obtaining praise from the University of Colorado, Colorado State University, Front Range Community College, and the Colo. Dept. of Higher Education. The Reverse Transfer Efficiency Act of 2017 would streamline credit sharing between community colleges and four-year institutions so students can more easily attain a degree for credit they’ve earned. “All levels of skills are ... Read more

  • House of Representatives approves Polis’s amendment to fund volunteer and rural firefighting programs
    Posted in Press Releases on September 8, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Energy & Environment, Local Issues

    The House of Representatives approved Rep. Jared Polis's, D-Colo., amendment to provide additional resources for volunteer and rural fire departments, late last night. The amendment increases funding for the Volunteer Fire Assistance (VFA) by $1.3 million, from $14.6 million to $15.9 million. In addition, it increases funding for State Fire Assistance by $11 million, from $76 million to $87 million. “These additional funds can mean the difference between mitigating and containing a fire – or wat... Read more

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  • Polis statement on Melecio Andazola-Morales case

    October 16, 2017

    Rep. Jared Polis, D-Boulder, offered a statement of support for Melecio Andazola-Morales, a constituent, today. On Thursday, October 12, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) detained Andazola-Morales while he was attending an interview to s...

  • Polis reaches across the aisle to ban the manufacture, sale, and use of bump-stocks

    October 10, 2017

    Rep. Jared Polis, D-Colo., signed on to bipartisan legislation today that would ban the manufacture, sale, and use of bump stocks and other similar devices used to convert firearms into illegal automatic weapons, moving forward on promises he made af...

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