U.S. Representative Jared Polis

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  • The Hill Op-Ed: Let’s end warrantless searches at the border
    Posted in Op-Eds on April 26, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Science & Technology, LGBT Equality & Civil Rights

    Let’s end warrantless searches at the border By Rep. Jared Polis What would you do if a law enforcement officer, without a warrant, requested that you turn over your mobile phone and password? Most of us would be alarmed given that today’s average smart phone is a portal to an abundance of our private information, often linking to health records, personal contacts, private emails, and a bank account. The federal government should not be allowed to demand that U.S. citizens release that informati... Read more

  • HuffPost Op-Ed: Do you know a SAINT?
    Posted in Op-Eds on April 26, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Immigration

    I am heartbroken that President Trump is opening an office today to promote fear, while demonizing and criminalizing immigrant communities. His Victims of Immigration Crime Engagement (VOICE) office will spew propaganda and ‘alternative facts’ by highlighting crimes committed by immigrants, as opposed to equally harmful crimes committed by U.S. citizens. It is a wasteful use of taxpayer resources that will manipulate law enforcement data in an attempt to play on fears and anxieties. That is why... Read more

  • Denver Post Op-Ed: Leave cannabis regulation to the states, Mr. President
    Posted in Op-Eds on April 14, 2017 | Preview rr

    It turns out we are more the rule than the exception here in Colorado: A majority of Americans now live in an area that allows legal access to recreational or medical marijuana. You only have to look to the success of Colorado to see why the legalization of cannabis has occurred throughout the nation. Colorado has proven that allowing responsible adults to legally purchase marijuana gives money to classrooms rather than cartels; creates jobs rather than addicts; and boosts the economy rather tha... Read more

  • Why Americans should be worried about their online, broadband privacy
    Posted in Op-Eds on March 22, 2017 | Preview rr

    Over the last couple of months, the dialogue surrounding government surveillance and consumer privacy has shifted in a troubling direction. While news outlets are covering everything from false claims of wiretaps to outlandish claims of reconnaissance microwaves, Republicans are quietly taking real and dramatic steps to protect corporate profits at the cost of your privacy. A few weeks ago, Senator Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) and Representative Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) filed bills in both the House ... Read more

  • Denver Post: With Trump in White House, states must take the lead on climate change
    Posted in Op-Eds on January 25, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Energy & Environment

    This past year capped off the hottest on record for the third consecutive year, and 16 of the 17 hottest years on record have occurred this century. Polar ice is melting rapidly, even during the winter; Greenland is losing about 260 billion tons of ice each year; and natural disasters including floods and fires in Colorado are getting worse due to human-caused climate change. We should all be alarmed that several climate-change deniers are about to assume key environmental posts in the Trump adm... Read more

  • Supreme Court must validate DACA, DAPA+ immigration programs
    Posted in Op-Eds on April 22, 2016 | Preview rr
    Tags: Immigration

    Last week, the U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments in U.S. vs. Texas, which will decide the fate of the president's Deferred Action for Parents of Americans (DAPA) and expanded Deferred Action for Child Arrivals (DACA+) programs. I joined thousands of demonstrators on the steps of the Supreme Court in Washington in support of these programs, which help keep families together, allow DREAMers and parents of American children to work legally, and would greatly contribute to our economy and national ... 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

  • An innovative way to expand college access
    Posted in Op-Eds on February 17, 2016 | Preview rr
    Tags: Education

    Nearly six years ago, in May 2009, the Colorado state Legislature passed a bill that created rules for concurrent enrollment programs, which allow high school students to take courses for college credit. Last year, 94 percent of school districts in our state participated in this program, with roughly 20,000 Colorado high schoolers taking advantage of the opportunity to work towards a college degree, for free, while in high school. For many of these students, it means getting a head start on thei... Read more

  • A Bipartisan Immigration Program We Need to Pass Now
    Posted in Op-Eds on March 23, 2015 | Preview rr
    Tags: Immigration, Economy

    While it appears increasingly likely that congressional Republicans will punt on much-needed comprehensive immigration reform, it is important for us to look at smaller, yet still useful, steps forward to chip away at this growing, but manufactured crisis. As an entrepreneur and business owner, I have seen firsthand how hard it is to raise funds for worthy projects and companies. Luckily, we have a program in place to help meet the needs of visionary entrepreneurs and developers: the EB-5 visa p... Read more

  • The House Must Act to End Employment Discrimination
    Posted in Op-Eds on September 18, 2014 | Preview rr
    Tags: LGBT Equality & Civil Rights

    From coast to coast, courts are taking action to extend equal rights to LGBT Americans. Unfortunately, back in Washington, the Republican-controlled House has extended its historic streak of inaction by continuing to allow employees to be fired simply because they are lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender. Today, despite unprecedented progress in the battle against discrimination, a majority of states still allow employers to fire an employee based on sexual orientation or gender identity. In o... Read more

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  • Polis and Mitchell introduce the College Transparency Act of 2017

    May 17, 2017

    Washington, D.C. – Yesterday, Reps. Jared Polis, D-Colo., and Paul Mitchell, R-Mich., introduced the College Transparency Act of 2017 (H.R. 2434) to enable students and families to make more informed choices about education after high school. The Co...

  • Polis statement on Firestone home explosion investigation

    May 02, 2017

    Boulder, Colo.: Rep. Jared Polis, D-Colo., gave the following statement after learning that the April 17th Firestone home explosion was the result of an abandoned gas line that was not sealed properly. “Avoidable. What occurred in Firestone, while de...

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