U.S. Representative Jared Polis

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  • Polis statement on ruling in Masterpiece Cakeshop case
    Posted in Press Releases on June 4, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: LGBT Equality & Civil Rights

    Rep. Jared Polis, D-Colo., gave the following statement after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled with Masterpiece Cakeshop today. “The decision by the Court is disappointing, but thankfully narrow in scope. Now is the time for Congress to answer definitively by adopting our bipartisan Equality Act into law. We can and must provide LGBTQ people with abundantly clear protections from discrimination in law,” said Polis. “Nobody should have their dignity and basic rights put on trial, just as nobody shoul... Read more

  • 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 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 statement on banning transgender people from serving in the U.S. military
    Posted in Articles on July 26, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: LGBT Equality & Civil Rights

    WASHINGTON: Rep. Jared Polis, D-Colo., released the following statement after President Trump announced that transgender people will not be allowed to serve in the United States military. This announcement reverses the Obama administration’s policy last year that allowed transgender people to serve openly in the military. "Military service should be about defending freedoms, not a mechanism to deny them. Transgender Americans should be able to serve our nation based on their merits and abilities... 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 statement on White House’s comments regarding Holocaust
    Posted in Press Releases on April 11, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Foreign Policy & Defense, LGBT Equality & Civil Rights

    Washington: Rep. Jared Polis, D-Colo., gave the following statement regarding White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer’s comments regarding the Holocaust. Spicer said, in part, “You had someone as despicable as Hitler who did not even sink to using chemical weapons” when talking about Syria. "As a member of the Jewish community, I am hurt every time our history is denied, and as an American and human being, I am appalled by Sean Spicer's recent assertion that Hitler did not use chemical weapons. ... 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, 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 Statement on Mass Shooting in Orlando
    Posted in Press Releases on June 12, 2016 | Preview rr
    Tags: LGBT Equality & Civil Rights

    Washington, D.C., June 13, 2016: Rep. Jared Polis (D-Colo.) released the following statement regarding the mass shootings at Pulse Nightclub in Orlando, Florida. “The Orlando shooting was a direct attack on equality, diversity, and freedom; it was an act of terror against all Americans,” Rep. Polis said. “Most tragically it snuffed out dozens of vibrant lives too soon, and darkened countless others. My heartfelt sympathy is with the victims as well as their families, friends, and the city of Orl... Read more

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