U.S. Representative Jared Polis

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  • 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

  • Senate Judiciary Committee to Vote on Email Privacy Act
    Posted in Press Releases on May 25, 2016 | Preview rr
    Tags: Science & Technology, LGBT Equality & Civil Rights

    Washington, D.C., May 25, 2016: - The Senate Judiciary Committee will vote on the Electronic Communications Privacy Act Amendments Act of 2015 (S. 356) on Thursday. The Electronic Communications Privacy Act of 2015 is the Senate-version of the Email Privacy Act, which was co-authored by Rep. Jared Polis (D-Colo.) and passed by the House of Representative unanimously on April 27, 2016. The Email Privacy Act would update the Electronic Communications Privacy Act (ECPA) to require all government ag... Read more

  • Rep. Polis Statement on Anti-LGBT Provision in National Defense Authorization Act and Milcon-VA
    Posted in Press Releases on May 19, 2016 | Preview rr
    Tags: LGBT Equality & Civil Rights

    Thursday, May 19: Washington, D.C. - Rep. Jared Polis (D-CO) released the following statement regarding his vote against the passage of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) and the Military Construction and Veteran Affairs (Milcon-VA) Appropriations bill. Included in the passage of NDAA was Section 1094 - an anti-LGBT provision - that dramatically undermined President Obama’s landmark Executive Order prohibiting discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity by federal co... Read more

  • Polis commends Department of Education guidelines directing schools to provide equitable access to bathrooms
    Posted in Press Releases on May 16, 2016 | Preview rr
    Tags: LGBT Equality & Civil Rights

    Friday, May 13: Washington, D.C. - Today, the Department of Education and Department of Justice sent guidance to schools across the country directing them to provide transgender students access to bathroom facilities that align with their gender identity. The letter makes it clear that public schools and postsecondary institutions that receive federal funds should comply with the guidance, and that incompliance would be a violation of Title IX of the Civil Rights Act. The Administration’s action... 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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