U.S. Representative Jared Polis

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Polis statement on President Trump’s FY2018 Budget Proposal

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Washington, March 16, 2017 | comments

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 less environmental protections, and more pollution in our air and water."

"His budget is a statement of his principles, and it is deeply troubling. In the 21st century, our budget needs to solve problems not roll back progress."

Rep. Jared Polis serves the Second Congressional District of Colorado, which consists of several Front Range and Western Slope communities.  In Congress, Polis is on the Committee on Rules, Committee on Education and the Workforce, Committee on Ethics, and the House Democratic Steering and Policy Committee.  In addition, he is the top Democrat on the Early Childhood, Elementary, and Secondary Education Subcommittee and a member of the Higher Education and Workforce Development Subcommittee.

Before serving in Congress, Polis was the Chair of the Colorado State Board of Education, and the founder and former superintendent of the New America School system for new immigrants - as well as the Academy for Urban Learning for homeless and at-risk youth.

Polis, the founder of several startups and tech companies, including ProFlowers.com and Techstars, a startup accelerator.  He has been named an “Entrepreneur of the Year” by Ernst and Young.


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