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ENG: Jared Schutz Polis (born Jared Polis Schutz May 12, 1975) is an American entrepreneur, philanthropist, and U.S. Representative for Colorado's 2nd congressional district, serving since 2009. He is a member of the Democratic Party. Polis and his life partner, Marlon Reis, are the parents of a son, Caspian Julius, born on September 30, 2011, making Polis the only openly gay member of Congress who is a parent. Early life, education and career Polis is the son of Stephen Schutz and Susan Polis Schutz. He attended the La Jolla Country Day School in San Diego, California. He received a Bachelor of Arts in political science from Princeton University. Business career Polis has founded a number of companies and is one of the 10 richest members of the United States Congress estimated ...
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Polis Calls on Congress to End Marijuana Prohibition


Speaking alongside industry advocates, U.S. Rep. Jared Polis (D-CO) called Wednesday for Congress to end the prohibition on marijuana, stressing the need to reduce drug violence while hailing the medical cannabis market's capacity for growing the economy. "Ending the failed policy of prohibition with regard to marijuana will strike a major blow against the criminal cartels that are terrorizing Americans and Mexicans on both sides of the border," Polis said at the National Press Club, in response to a question from Raw Story. "It's been estimated that the drug cartels drive about half of ...


Jared Polis has ideas for closing federal budget gap


Although the so-called Gang of Six's proposalfor averting debt-ceiling catastrophe is getting the lion's share of attention right now, Representative Jared Polis has floated some revenue-raising ideas of his own, which the media has largely winnowed down to this: Legalizing marijuana would help close the budget gap. But if that shortchanges some of his other notions, Polis's spokesman isn't complaining. "You can't really blame the media for focusing on a controversial issue when you raise a controversial issue," says Polis communications director Chris Fitzgerald. "If it brings attention to ...


Polis Announces Birth Of Son


Rep. Jared Polis (D-Colo.) is a proud father of a newborn baby, making him the first openly gay parent in the U.S. Congress. On Friday, Polis and his partner, Marlon Reis, sent out an announcement about the arrival of their son, Caspian Julius, who is 8 pounds, 12 ounces. "Baby and parents are doing well, baby has learned to cry already! No gifts please, just nice thoughts for Caspian, humankind, the planet, and the universe!" read the announcement. Polis and Reis have declined to comment on whether it was a surrogate pregnancy or an adoption. “We are so thrilled for the congressman ...


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Polis releases environmental tax plan for clean energy future
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 climate change deniers, science is not the only argument for pursuing environmental sustainability.  The fiscal argument, by itself, should be enough to motivate progress.  Any tax reform plan needs to level the playing field for the new energy economy, which will create green jobs and hold polluters accountable,” said Polis.     A carbon price is the foundation of the tax reform plan, with estimates suggesting that a $25-p
Polis and Mitchell introduce the College Transparency Act of 2017
   Washington, D.C. – Yesterday, Reps. Jared Polis, D-Colo., and Paul Mitchell, R-Mich., introduced the College Transparency Act of 2017 (H.R. 2434) to enable students and families to make more informed choices about education after high school. The College Transparency Act of 2017 will provide actionable and customizable information for students and families as they consider higher education opportunities by accurately reporting on student outcomes such as enrollment, completion, and post-college success across colleges and majors, while ensuring the privacy of individual students is securely protected. Most importantly, this information will tell students how other prospective students have succeeded at an institution, and help point them towards schools best suited to their unique needs and desired outcomes. The current college reporting system is overly burdensome on institutions, yet provides little practical information for students and families d
Polis, Schweikert request tax guidance for virtual currencies
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 of transactions,” Polis said. “I look forward to hearing from Commissioner Koskinen and receiving clear-cut guidance for how digital currency users report their taxable income.” "As this technology develops regulatory certainty is needed.  We look forward to engagement as we build a framework for blockchain and virtual currency technology,” Schweikert said. In 2014, th
Polis statement on President Trump’s decision to exit Paris Climate Agreement
WASHINGTON: Today, Rep. Jared Polis, D-Colo., gave the following statement following President Donald Trump’s decision to leave the Paris Climate Agreement. Earlier this year, Polis introduced a resolution preemptively urging President Trump to not withdraw from the Paris Agreement citing the reality of climate change as well as the impacts it would have on the global economy, vulnerable populations, working families, and middle-class sector jobs.   "The President’s decision to withdraw from the Paris Agreement, the largest multi-national climate agreement in history, flies in the face of both economics and science. While 195 other nations are moving forward to create 21st century jobs, reduce carbon emissions, and advance innovative energy, the United States will now be less competitive in the global economy. We cannot afford to disregard the health and well-being of future generations and the overwhelming evidence that humans are the leading



 
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