U.S. Representative Jared Polis

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  • 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

  • Polis, Grijalva, Huffman, Jayapal, introduce nationwide roadmap to get U.S. to 100 percent renewable energy by 2050
    Posted in Press Releases on July 19, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Energy & Environment

    WASHINGTON: Today, Rep. Jared Polis, D-Colo.; Rep. Raul Grijalva, D-Ariz.; Rep. Jared Huffman, D-Calif.; and Rep. Pramila Jayapal, D-Wash., unveiled climate legislation that would transition the United States to 100 percent clean and renewable energy by 2050. The “100 by ’50 Act” is the first bill introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives that fully envisions a complete transition off of fossil fuels for the United States. Sen. Jeff Merkley, D-Ore.; Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt.; Sen. Edward... Read more

  • Polis releases environmental tax plan for clean energy future
    Posted in Press Releases on May 31, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Economy, Energy & Environment

    WASHINGTON: Today, Rep. Jared Polis, D-Colo., vice-chair of the Congressional Sustainable Energy and Environment Coalition (SEEC), sent a detailed environmental tax policy plan to address clean air, clean water, and environmental sustainability, to leaders of the House of Representatives Ways and Means Committee. The plan, co-signed by 15 other SEEC members, chronicles loopholes and limitations in the current tax structure. “While it’s true that the Trump administration is comprised of several ... Read more

  • Polis statement on Firestone home explosion investigation
    Posted in Press Releases on May 2, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Energy & Environment, Local Issues

    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 devastating, was predictable because Colorado sadly does not have adequate protections against dangerous oil and gas developments in our neighborhoods. The days where oil and gas profits are valued more than Coloradans’ safety, property, and quality of... Read more

  • Polis speaks out against the vilification of national monuments
    Posted in Press Releases on April 26, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Energy & Environment

    Washington: Rep. Jared Polis, D-Colo., gave the following statement today after President Trump called into question the designation of several national monuments. “President Trump has chosen another American value to attack, our sacred national monuments. I will do everything to protect national monuments, which are treasured by all Coloradans and Americans,” said Polis. “We must protect our iconic heritage.” Polis serves the Colorado Second Congressional District, which consists of over 60 per... Read more

  • 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 defends Boulder County against Attorney General’s overreach
    Posted in Press Releases on February 14, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Energy & Environment

    Rep. Jared Polis (D-Colo.) gave the following statement after news that the Colorado Attorney General is suing Boulder County over its fracking moratorium. 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

  • Polis statement on executive actions to advance Keystone XL and Dakota Access pipelines
    Posted in Press Releases on January 24, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Energy & Environment

    Washington D.C. – Rep. Jared Polis (D-Colo.) released the following statement after President Trump signed two executive orders that would advance the Keystone XL and Dakota Access oil pipelines. Former President Barack Obama rejected Keystone XL in 2015 and delayed the planned Dakota Access pipeline last year, requesting further environmental analysis by the Army Corps of Engineers. “For decades, scientists have proven the devastating impact of fossil fuels on our climate,” Polis said. “After ... Read more

  • Polis statement on finalization of Methane and Waste Prevention Rule
    Posted in Press Releases on November 15, 2016 | Preview rr
    Tags: Energy & Environment

    Today, Rep. Jared Polis (D-Colo.) released the following statement regarding U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell’s finalization of the Methane and Waste Prevention Rule. The final rule will update a 30-year old regulation that for decades has permitted the wasteful release of natural gas into the atmosphere from oil and gas operations on public and Indian lands. The guidance updates regulations for natural gas venting, flaring, and leaks. Additionally, the rule ensures operators are acco... 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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