U.S. Representative Jared Polis

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  • Students rally for LGBTQ protections in landmark education legislation
    Posted in Press Releases on March 21, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: LGBT Equality & Civil Rights, Education

    Rep. Jared Polis, D-Colo.; Sen. Tammy Baldwin, D-Wis.; Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, R-Fla.; Rep. Bobby Scott, D-Va.; and Rep. Mark Takano, D-Calif. introduced the Student Non-Discrimination Act (SNDA), which would help protect public school students from bullying, harassment, and discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity. The bill has over 100 cosponsors in total. The Student Non-Discrimination Act is more necessary than ever, as the Departments of Education and Justice - under ... Read more

  • Polis attempts to add his marijuana amendment to the FY 2019 budget
    Posted in Press Releases on March 16, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Economy

    Rep. Jared Polis, D-Colo., is attempting again to get the House of Representatives to debate and vote on the “McClintock-Polis Amendment.” This time he wrote a letter to appropriators for the FY 2019 budget. Previously, he tried to get the amendment on the short-term budget for the current fiscal year. The McClintock-Polis amendment prevents the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) from prosecuting anyone for using, selling, or possessing marijuana in compliance with state laws - protecting the... Read more

  • Polis leads over 60 members of Congress demanding that DACA applications and renewals be processed swiftly
    Posted in Press Releases on March 9, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Immigration

    Rep. Jared Polis, D-Colo., is leading over 60 members of Congress in demanding that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) process initial requests for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) that were filed prior to the Sept. 2017 termination - as well as all renewals filed since that date - as expeditiously as possible. Federal courts have recently stated that DHS must continue to process DACA renewal requests, but the timing of... Read more

  • Trump Administration usurps state law on student loans
    Posted in Press Releases on March 9, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Education

    Rep. Jared Polis, D-Colo., gave the following statement after the U.S. Dept. of Education usurped states by saying that federal student loan servicers do not have to comply with state law to protect students from predatory student loan lenders. “The Trump Administration is more worried about protecting fraudulent student loan companies than students themselves. This is an attempt to take away a state’s right to protect students, giving student loan servicers free reign to scam them,” said Polis... Read more

  • Colorado legislators call on new FRA Administrator to update Train Horn Rule
    Posted in Press Releases on March 7, 2018 | Preview rr

    U.S. Representative. Jared Polis, Ed Perlmutter, Ken Buck, and U.S. Senator Michael Bennet wasted no time in asking Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) Administrator Ronald Batory to update the Train Horn Rule after his confirmation on Feb. 13. Train horns create a persistent nuisance to residents and stifle economic development for businesses throughout Northern Colorado. The legislators authored a letter urging Administrator Batory to modernize the rule in a way that ensures public safety, c... Read more

  • Polis leads bipartisan letter with over 90 Members of Congress demanding that the Dept. of Education protect transgender students from discrimination
    Posted in Press Releases on March 2, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: LGBT Equality & Civil Rights

    Rep. Jared Polis, D-Colo., authored a bipartisan letter to the Secretary of Education - Betsy DeVos - demanding that the Department of Education investigate cases of discrimination for transgender students. Over 90 Members of Congress signed onto the bipartisan letter, authored also by Rep. Ros-Lehtinen (R-Fla.). It reads in part: “Discrimination against LGBTQ students in school settings robs our students of their right to a quality and safe education. […] It is your responsibility to protect al... Read more

  • Polis and Meadows introduce bipartisan bill to reimburse counties for taxes expended on federal land
    Posted in Press Releases on February 26, 2018 | Preview rr

    Rep. Jared Polis, D-Colo., and Rep. Mark Meadows, R-N.C., introduced legislation to supplement counties that have expended local taxes on federal land for services like fire protection, police cooperation, or longer roads to circumnavigate federal property. Counties are not allowed to tax federal lands. The bipartisan PILT and SRS Certainty Act would reauthorize the Secure Rural Schools Program (SRS) for five years and extend and provide funding for Payment In Lieu of Taxes (PILT) for five years... Read more

  • Polis calls on Members of Congress to disclose cryptocurrency holdings
    Posted in Press Releases on February 7, 2018 | Preview rr

    Rep. Jared Polis, D-Colo., authored a letter to the House Committee on Ethics asking the committee to formally require Members of Congress to disclose virtual currency holdings. Because virtual currencies are a relatively new type of asset, the House Ethics Committee does not have official guidance for Members of Congress to accurately disclose and classify virtual currency holdings. “Members of Congress should absolutely be required to disclose cryptocurrency holdings, just as they are required... Read more

  • Polis statement on another short-term government funding bill
    Posted in Press Releases on February 6, 2018 | Preview rr

    Washington, Rep. Jared Polis, D-Colo., gave the following statement after the House of Representatives approved another short-term, stop-gap budget: "Once again, Congress is punting its responsibilities. Once again, we are at risk of a shutdown in another few weeks. Once again, we have done nothing to save the dreamers, who only know the U.S. as home and are at risk of deportation because of President Trump. It is the same tired story, and the American people deserve better,” said Polis. “Americ... Read more

  • Polis: The State of Union is strong because of the people who have defended progress tooth and nail [photos included]
    Posted in Press Releases on January 30, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Immigration

    Rep. Jared Polis, D-Colo., gave the following statement after the State of Union tonight: "Over the past year, we have witnessed President Trump attempt to roll back progress with his destructive actions. But we have also witnessed people across America - like Anarely and so many others - proudly stand up and defend progress. The people - who have defended progress tooth and nail - are why we can say the state of the union is strong,” said Polis. “Ever the optimist, I am hopeful that Congress ca... Read more

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