U.S. Representative Jared Polis

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  • 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
    Tags: Education

    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

  • Creating tax parity for cryptocurrencies
    Posted in Press Releases on September 7, 2017 | Preview rr

    Rep. Jared Polis, D-Colo., and Rep. David Schweikert, R-Ariz., co-chairs of the Congressional Blockchain Caucus, introduced the Cryptocurrency Tax Fairness Act of 2017 today. In 2014, the IRS classified digital currency as property. The outdated guidance classifies even the smallest of cryptocurrency transactions the same as buying or selling stock, which dis-incentivizes consumers from using virtual currencies to pay for goods and services. The bipartisan legislation creates a structure for tax... Read more

  • Polis statement on the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program
    Posted in Press Releases on September 5, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Immigration

    Rep. Jared Polis, D-Colo., gave the following statement after news that the Trump Administration will end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. “Today I am outraged that more than 17,000 Coloradans, who I consider my fellow Americans, got the news that their lives have dramatically altered by a callous and short-sighted decision of our president. By ending the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, President Trump has cast nearly one million aspiring American... Read more

  • Polis statement on bipartisan healthcare plans
    Posted in Press Releases on August 31, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Health Care

    Rep. Jared Polis, D-Colo., gave the following statement in response to the healthcare plan unveiled by Governor Hickenlooper today. “I am pleased that Governor Hickenlooper and Governor Kasich are promoting a bipartisan healthcare plan. I believe bipartisanship is key to making any progress on healthcare. I am proud to be part of the Problem Solvers Caucus, a bipartisan group of Members of Congress that have been working on ways we can improve the healthcare system. I’m thrilled to know that man... Read more

  • Polis joins 86 House Democrats, in Letter to Speaker, Urge Bipartisan Path to Improving Affordable Care Act
    Posted in Press Releases on July 25, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Health Care

    WASHINGTON - Rep. Jared Polis, D-Colo., joined Peter Welch, D-Vt., Rep. Kurt Schrader, D-Ore., and 86 Democratic colleagues, today in sending a letter to House Speaker Paul Ryan outlining a bipartisan path to improving the Affordable Care Act aimed at changes to the individual insurance market. Their letter to Ryan follows the unveiling on July 12th of a five-part plan to stabilize the individual insurance marketplace. Seven percent of Americans purchase health plans in the individual insurance ... Read more

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