U.S. Representative Jared Polis

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  • Polis, Schweikert request tax guidance for virtual currencies
    Posted in Press Releases on June 6, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Science & Technology

    WASHINGTON: Rep. Jared Polis, D-Colo., and Rep. David Schweikert, R-Ariz., co-chairs of the Blockchain Caucus sent a letter to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) requesting additional guidance on the tax consequences and basic tax reporting requirements for transactions using virtual currencies such as Bitcoin and Ethereum. “Over the past few years, it’s become clear that digital currencies are increasing in popularity and we need to ensure that the IRS clarifies how to properly tax these forms... Read more

  • 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

  • Polis statement on net neutrality
    Posted in Press Releases on April 26, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Science & Technology, LGBT Equality & Civil Rights

    Washington: Rep. Jared Polis, D-Colo., released the following statement after Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Pai announced his intention to undermine net neutrality by attacking the legal framework that is fundamental to protecting the open internet. “Chairman Pai’s announcement today creates a slippery slope for ending net neutrality protections leading to a pay-to-play internet,” Polis said. “To compete in the global economy, we need an internet that allows for the free excha... Read more

  • Polis introduces bill that requires warrants to search Americans’ digital devices at the border
    Posted in Press Releases on April 4, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Immigration, Science & Technology

    Washington: Rep. Jared Polis, D-Colo. -- along with Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore.; Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky.; and Rep. Blake Farenthold, R-Texas -- introduced the Protecting Data at the Border Act, a bill to ensure Americans are not forced to endure indiscriminate and suspicionless searches of their phones, laptops and other digital devices just to cross the border. The bipartisan, bicameral bill shuts down a legal “Bermuda Triangle” that currently allows law enforcement agencies to search Americans’ phone... 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

  • Congress gets serious about Blockchain
    Posted in Press Releases on February 9, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Economy, Science & Technology

    Today, Rep. Jared Polis (D-Colo.) and David Schweikert (R-Ariz.) announced the launch of the Congressional Blockchain Caucus. The bipartisan Caucus will be dedicated to the advancement of sound public policy toward blockchain-based technologies and digital currencies. “Blockchain has the potential to transform the 21st century economy,” Polis said. “Lawmakers need to understand that as the world rapidly changes, it’s our responsibility to ensure that we craft policies and adapt laws that match o... Read more

  • Improve copyright system, YODA bill would
    Posted in Press Releases on February 7, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Economy, Science & Technology

    Today, introduced was You Own Devices Act (YODA), by Rep. Blake Farenthold (R-Texas) and Rep. Jared Polis (D-Colo.). In 2015, was when the pair introduced the legislation together. Allowing essential software to travel with physical devices, like computers, YODA will do. By modernizing copyright law in this way, a consumer can sell, lease, or give away a computer, as well as the licenses for essential software that allows the computer to operate, it will. “Old copyright laws stifle innovation an... Read more

  • House of Representatives unanimously passes Polis’s Email Privacy Act
    Posted in Press Releases on February 6, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Science & Technology

    Today, the U.S. House of Representatives unanimously passed Rep. Jared Polis’s (D-Colo.) Email Privacy Act (H.R. 387). Co-authored by Kevin Yoder (R-Kan.), the bipartisan bill would update federal law to require the government to obtain a warrant before searching Americans’ emails. In 1986, Congress passed the Electronic Communications Privacy Act (ECPA), which contained a loophole that allows the government to search Americans’ emails without a warrant if the emails are older than 180 days and ... Read more

  • Polis, Yoder Reintroduce Widely-Supported Email Privacy Act
    Posted in Press Releases on January 9, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Science & Technology, LGBT Equality & Civil Rights

    Washington, D.C. – Today, Reps. Jared Polis (D-Colo.) and Kevin Yoder (R-Kan.) reintroduced the Email Privacy Act, legislation that modernizes America’s digital privacy laws by establishing protections against warrantless searches of private emails. The Email Privacy Act would update the Electronic Communications Privacy Act (ECPA) to state that all government agencies must get a warrant to search Americans’ online communications, regardless of when the email was crafted. In 1986, Congress passe... Read more

  • Polis launches Congressional Blockchain Caucus
    Posted in Press Releases on September 26, 2016 | Preview rr
    Tags: Science & Technology

    WASHINGTON - Today Rep. Jared Polis (D-Colo.) released the following statement regarding the formation of the new bipartisan Congressional Blockchain Caucus dedicated to the advancement of sound public policy toward blockchain-based technologies and digital currencies. “The blockchain has boundless potential," Polis said. "From cryptocurrencies to supply chains to banking to property titling, blockchain-based solutions have the ability to decentralize cybersecurity and revolutionize many industr... Read more

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