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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 joins 86 House Democrats, in Letter to Speaker, Urge Bipartisan Path to Improving Affordable Care Act
WASHINGTON - Rep. Jared Polis, D-Colo., joined Peter Welch, D-Vt., Rep. Kurt Schrader, D-Ore., and 86 Democratic colleagues, today in sending a letter to House Speaker Paul Ryan outlining a bipartisan path to improving the Affordable Care Act aimed at changes to the individual insurance market.  Their letter to Ryan follows the unveiling on July 12th of a five-part plan to stabilize the individual insurance marketplace. Seven percent of Americans purchase health plans in the individual insurance market, where insurance premiums have skyrocketed and some insurers have ceased participation. “We strongly support the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and oppose any effort to repeal it,” wrote the legislators. “While we know you and many in your conference disagree with us, we believe there is a significant point of agreement. The individual market, accounting for seven percent of health care enrollees nationwide, needs improvement.  Senate Republicans have indicate
Polis lays out robust, detailed infrastructure plan, addressing Colorado needs
WASHINGTON: Today, Rep. Jared Polis, D-Colo., sent a detailed infrastructure plan to the Chairman and Ranking Member of the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee in the House of Representatives. Polis submitted the letter as the committee is considering large-scale infrastructure investment legislation.  Polis’s plan lays out specific Colorado needs -- addressing I-70 and I-25 congestion; the Northwest Rail Line delay; Quiet Zone waivers under the Train Horn Rule; high-speed internet for rural communities like Kremmling, Red Cliff, Estes Park, and Bailey; and outdated school facilities.  The letter reads, in part: “For far too long, we have underinvested and relied on short-term funding measures that do not provide the level of funding or stability we need to support our growing economy,” said Polis. “An innovative and conscientious 'infrastructure package' will bring our infrastructure system into the 21st century and provi
Polis statement on banning transgender people from serving in the U.S. military
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,” Polis said. "In a dangerous world, we can't afford to weaken our military by kicking out high performing service members just because of their gender identity." Polis is a founding member and co-chair of the Congressional LGBT Equality Caucus. He’s also an original cosponsor of the Equality Act, which would amend the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and other existing laws to prohibit discrimination based on actual or perceived sexual orientat
Polis, Grijalva, Huffman, Jayapal, introduce nationwide roadmap to get U.S. to 100 percent renewable energy by 2050
  WASHINGTON: Today, Rep. Jared Polis, D-Colo.; Rep. Raul Grijalva, D-Ariz.; Rep. Jared Huffman, D-Calif.; and Rep. Pramila Jayapal, D-Wash., unveiled climate legislation that would transition the United States to 100 percent clean and renewable energy by 2050.      The “100 by ’50 Act” is the first bill introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives that fully envisions a complete transition off of fossil fuels for the United States. Sen. Jeff Merkley, D-Ore.; Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt.; Sen. Edward J. Markey, D-Mass.; and Sen. Cory Booker, D-N.J., introduced the Senate version in April.  “The world is being hit now with record-setting temperatures, more powerful and frequent extreme weather events, dying coral reefs, longer wildfire seasons destroying our farming and fishing industries and rural economies," said Merkley. “We are in a race against time and must must transition our fossil fuel economy

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