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Jared Polis' Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Office: U.S. House (CO) - District 2, Democratic
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Issue Positions

In response to the increasing unwillingness of candidates to answer issue questions, Project Vote Smart has researched Presidential and Congressional candidates' public records to determine candidates' likely responses on certain key issues. These issue positions, from the year 2014, are provided below as a courtesy to voters.

Pro-choice Inferred Answer Abortion: Do you generally support pro-choice or pro-life legislation? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • NARAL Pro-Choice America. 04/18/2012. "Jared Polis supported the interests of the NARAL Pro-Choice America 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Jared Polis. H Amdt 95. 112th Congress. Prohibiting Use of Federal Funds For Planned Parenthood. Jared Polis voted Nay on 02/18/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Jared Polis. HR 3. 112th Congress. Prohibiting Taxpayer Funding of Abortion. Jared Polis voted Nay on 05/04/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Jared Polis. Affordable Health Care For America Act. 16 November 2009. "Mr. POLIS. Madam Speaker, I would like to express my strong opposition to the Stupak/Pitts Amendment, which unfortunately passed the House by a vote of 240-194. This amendment places a woman's right to choose at risk, for it would place new obstacles in the way of women seeking reproductive health care services. The Stupak Amendment goes further than existing laws. This amendment dictates which medical procedures are offered in the private market." (votesmart.org)
  • Jared Polis. Boulder Weekly - Polis on Politics. 26 June 2008. "Polis says that, although he and his two opponents all meet the traditional litmus tests necessary to win an election in this congressional district (they are pro-choice, anti-war and favor expanding health-care coverage) he is more likely to "push the envelope." (votesmart.org)
  • Jared Polis. Letter to Democratic Members of the House and Senate Appropriations Committees. 13 September 2011. "By failing to permit the District of Columbia to spend local government funds on abortion, we are sending the message that low-income women should not have access to the same medical services that middle- and upper-income women can access. Ultimately, this prohibition may threaten the health of medically vulnerable women and deny patients the right to access constitutionally protected medical services. We must strive to expand health care services for Americans throughout the nation -- not place barriers in the road of a woman seeking medical care simply because of the state, city, or district that she lives in. The District does not have a vote in the House or Senate. But other Democrats do. We urge you to stand strong and to protect the democratic self-government of the District of Columbia." (votesmart.org)
  • Family Research Council. 04/18/2012. "Jared Polis supported the interests of the Family Research Council 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Planned Parenthood. 04/18/2012. "Jared Polis supported the interests of Planned Parenthood 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Jared Polis. H Amdt 509. 111th Congress. Prohibiting Federally Funded Abortion Services. Jared Polis voted Nay on 11/07/2009. (votesmart.org)
  • National Right to Life Committee. 04/18/2012. "Jared Polis supported the interests of the National Right to Life Committee 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Planned Parenthood. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Planned Parenthood endorsed Jared Polis in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Afghanistan: Do you support United States' combat operations in Afghanistan? View Citations

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  • Peace Action. 04/18/2012. "Jared Polis supported the interests of the Peace Action 88 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Jared Polis. H Con Res 28. 112th Congress. Removing Troops from Afghanistan. Jared Polis voted Yea on 03/17/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Jared Polis. Afghanistan War Powers Resolution. 17 March 2011. "There is a very real terrorist threat to our country that comes from the loosely knit al Qaeda terrorist network, but that threat does not emanate from Afghanistan. It does not emanate from any one particular nation-state. It is a stateless menace. They go wherever they're able to thrive on the lack of order. To effectively combat this menace, we need targeted special operations, we need aggressive intelligence gathering, and we need to make sure that we combat this menace wherever they are with the appropriate resources. Being bogged down, occupying one particular nation-state is a waste of resources and not the best way to keep the American people safe." (votesmart.org)
  • Jared Polis. Polis Statement On Afghanistan Troop Increase. 1 December 2009. " ...I do not believe there can be a military solution to this conflict and I do not support sending a single additional American soldier there, much less 30,000 new troops. We need less troops, not more, to end this war. Earlier this year I traveled to Afghanistan and saw first-hand the very real challenges that our eight-year presence there has created. Adding more combat troops is not a formula for peace. As I've said before, our resources could be better spent on diplomacy and targeted security operations. I believe that the best way to support our brave men and women in uniform is to bring them home as soon as possible." (votesmart.org)
  • Jared Polis. Polis Statement on Vote Against 2009 Defense Supplemental Appropriations Bill. 5 May 2009. "At its heart, this bill is about increasing and prolonging US military involvement in Afghanistan, which I do not support....We cannot achieve peace through the occupation of an entire country. We tried and failed in Iraq, and we cannot afford to do so again. We need a fresh look at our policy in Afghanistan, and this can only come through open discussion and debate. My action today is not a vote against our military or a vote against our President, but an urgent call for an exit strategy for Afghanistan and a plan for peace and security." (votesmart.org)
  • Jared Polis. Letter to Co-Chairs and Members of the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction. 21 September 2011. "Congress and the American people have entrusted you with a great responsibility - ensuring the economic well-being of our nation and the creation of jobs. This is no simple task and will require both bold decisions and fair compromises. We understand that you will consider many options when it comes to reaching the benchmarks set by Congress. But too often, when it has come time to reduce spending, the most vulnerable - the working poor and the middle class - have been asked to bear most of the sacrifice. Fortunately, there are other alternatives. To generate much-needed savings, we strongly urged you to examine the costs of the ongoing wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. To date, the wars have cost our taxpayers at least $2.3 trillion, with an additional $884 billion in future costs for veterans and their families. This adds up to a total of at least $3.2 trillion. By ending the wars and paying for a safe, orderly, and responsible redeployment of troops from both Afghanistan and Iraq, we can go a long way toward meeting our fiscal challenges." (votesmart.org)
  • Joey Bunch. 2010. The Denver Post: Colo. congressional delegation wary of Obama's Afghanistan surge plan. 2 December 2009. "Rep. Jared Polis, a Boulder Democrat, opposed the surge and said he preferred bringing all the troops home now. 'The real question is why are we occupying Afghanistan,' he said. 'I don't think he made his case.' He favored diplomacy and targeted security against terrorism, he said." (www.denverpost.com)
  • Jared Polis. Polis Statement On Afghanistan Troop Increase. 1 December 2009. " I do not believe there can be a military solution to this conflict and I do not support sending a single additional American soldier there, much less 30,000 new troops. We need less troops, not more, to end this war. Earlier this year I traveled to Afghanistan and saw first-hand the very real challenges that our eight-year presence there has created. Adding more combat troops is not a formula for peace. As I've said before, our resources could be better spent on diplomacy and targeted security operations. I believe that the best way to support our brave men and women in uniform is to bring them home as soon as possible." (votesmart.org)
  • Jared Polis. Polis Statement on Vote Against 2009 Defense Supplemental Appropriations Bill. 5 May 2009. "At its heart, this bill is about increasing and prolonging US military involvement in Afghanistan, which I do not support [¦] We cannot achieve peace through the occupation of an entire country. We tried and failed in Iraq, and we cannot afford to do so again. We need a fresh look at our policy in Afghanistan, and this can only come through open discussion and debate. My action today is not a vote against our military or a vote against our President, but an urgent call for an exit strategy for Afghanistan and a plan for peace and security." (votesmart.org)
  • Peace Action West. 04/18/2012. "Jared Polis supported the interests of Peace Action West 88 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Jared Polis. U.S. Rep McGovern Joins Bipartisan Coalition in Letter to President Urging Significant Troop Withdrawal. 21 June 2011. "Ultimately, this war will end not on the battlefield but through political negotiations. As we scale down our military operations in Afghanistan we need to continue our diplomatic efforts, pushing for a negotiated settlement that includes the Government of Afghanistan and other parties interested in establishing peace and stability. The American public is weary of a war with no end in sight, and we call upon you to bring the longest war in our nation's history to a close. Beginning in July of this year, we urge a swift, significant and sizable drawdown of U.S. troops from Afghanistan." (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Budget: In order to balance the budget, do you support reducing defense spending? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Jared Polis. Further Continuing Appropriations Amendments, 2011. 1 March 2011. "Let's get serious about balancing the budget. Let's find savings in every agency, including the Department of Defense. Until we get serious about controlling defense spending, the largest component of the discretionary budget, we will never achieve our goals of reducing the deficit." (votesmart.org)
  • Jared Polis. H Amdt 13. 112th Congress. Reducing Navy and Air Force Aircraft Procurement. Jared Polis voted Yea on 02/15/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Jared Polis. HR 1363. 112th Congress. 2011 Department of Defense Budget and Additional Continuing Appropriations. Jared Polis voted Nay on 04/07/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Jared Polis. Letter to Members of the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction. 13 October 2011. "You have a unique opportunity to bring our defense spending in line with our legitimate national defense needs while getting our nation on the path to a balanced budget free of deficit. As former Secretary of Defense Robert Gates noted last year, paraphrasing President Dwight D. Eisenhower, "The United States should spend as much as necessary on national defense, but not one penny more. [...] The June 2010 report of the Sustainable Defense Task Force detailed proposals to reduce our nuclear stockpile substantially, realizing savings of over $100 billion without compromising our national security.[1] The report proposed over $960 billion in defense department savings over the next decade. [...] Bringing our defense spending in line with our legitimate security needs must be considered along with other measures to regain our economic footing." (votesmart.org)
  • Jared Polis. Rep. Polis tries to trim wasteful defense spending. 18 May 2012. "As we make tough choices to balance the budget, a missile defense program that can't seem to hit its targets is a good target to achieve savings for taxpayers. [¦] In a time of large deficits and increasing debt, Congress should have to justify every penny it spends to the taxpayers, and there just isn't any justification for spending an additional $400 million on a weapons program that doesn't work." (summitcountyvoice.com)
  • Jared Polis. Full-Year Continuing Appropriations Act, 2011. 18 February 2011. "Let's get serious about balancing the budget and find savings in every agency, including DOD. Reducing our military presence in Europe is low-hanging fruit. This will save money. The time is now. The time was last year. The time was 3 years ago. After the fall of the Soviet Union, there fails to be a strategic rationale to maintain our current troop levels or expenditure levels in the European theater." (votesmart.org)
  • Jared Polis. Polis Reacts to President's Deficit Reduction Plan. 13 April 2011. "President Obama offered a smart and balanced approach to the budget that will cut $4 trillion from the deficit while protecting Medicare, growing our economy, and creating jobs for the middle class. While there are still details of the plan to review, I am pleased that the president is restoring sanity to the debate over the deficit and rejecting Congressional Republicans' radical plan to end Medicare as we know it. "The president's approach builds on the important work of the Bipartisan Fiscal Commission and the $1 trillion in deficit reduction in the President's 2012 budget. I am particularly pleased that the president has pledged to achieve $400 billion of savings at the Pentagon, which has too long wasted taxpayer dollars on weapons systems that aren't needed or don't work." (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Budget: In order to balance the budget, do you support an income tax increase on any tax bracket? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Jared Polis. Remarks Against GOP 1099 Tax Increase. 2 March 2011. "I think it would be unthinkable to raise taxes on families making under $250,000 a year. Now, I supported letting them expire for families making over $250,000 a year. You don't take pleasure in that, but it was because I felt we needed to do that to close the deficit. We couldn't leave that revenue on the table. But I felt it was so important to make sure that families making $80,000, $90,000, $100,000 a year didn't get a tax increase that I was willing to support no tax increase for millionaires as well as part of the package." (polis.house.gov)
  • National Taxpayers Union. 04/18/2012. "Jared Polis supported reasonable tax and spending policies as defined by the National Taxpayers Union 14 percent of the time in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Jared Polis. Issue Position: Jobs / Economy. 13 July 2012. "Cutting taxes for the wealthy and transferring income from the middle class to large corporations lead to lower investments in areas with high returns, such as education, research and development, and infrastructure. We need tax relief for middle-class families that includes permanently ending the marriage penalty, extending the lower-income tax rates, making tuition fully deductible, and providing refundable child tax and adoption credits." (votesmart.org)
  • Jared Polis. The Progressive Caucus. 15 April 2010. "Well, I thank the gentleman from Minnesota. And people know, taxes are relative to one's income. I've heard from many people, and of course in this recession people are hurting across the board from the wealthy to the poor. And I think even those who pay the highest rate of tax, many of them would say, you know, I would gladly pay the tax rate we had in the Clinton administration if I had the income that we had through the nineties. What you pay is relative to how much you earn. Currently, the highest marginal rate at 35 percent, with the expiration of the Bush tax cuts will return to 39.6 percent. That's the same rate it was when people were doing very well during the boom years. Taxes are the investment. They're the price that we pay for the freedoms that we enjoy in our country. They're what fund our public projects and, yes, worthy and unworthy. I, as a taxpayer, wasn't happy that my taxes were going to fund the Iraq war, and continue to. But that's what our representative system is all about. And I know there's many Americans out there today who weren't happy that their taxes might go to help provide health care for those who can't afford it. But the fact is, it's the price we pay for the freedoms that we enjoy as Americans, and we enjoy more freedoms as Americans than people anywhere else in the world." (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Jared Polis. Letter to Nancy Pelosi, Speaker of the United States House of Representatives. 13 January 2009. "This economic crisis has hit rural areas just as hard, if not harder, than any segment of the economy," said Schauer. "By making significant investments in the upcoming economic stimulus package to maintain and upgrade infrastructure in rural communities, we can jump-start local economies and create jobs." (votesmart.org)
  • Jared Polis. Polis Calls for Fair Treatment of Women in Economic Stimulus Bill. 15 January 2009. "We are all in this recession together, and offering a future filled with greater economic security for women and their families is critical to getting our economy going again. Improving job access for women would meet both the immediate needs of the recovery package and the goal of improving the skill and preparation of our workforce," said Polis." (votesmart.org)
  • Jared Polis. Polis Statement On Passage Of The American Recovery And Reinvestment Act. 28 January 2009. "The time has come to set aside partisanship and invest in America to get our economy going again. This bill will immediately help prevent further job loss in hard-hit places like Adams County, by keeping hard-working Coloradans in their jobs so they can support their families and contribute to the economy. It also lays the foundation for a stellar 21st Century Education System. It builds green high-tech schools, reaches out to at-risk and disabled children, and increases aid to college students and their families. Without it, we risk losing precious ground in our fight to close the gap in education and ensure that the next generation is well-equipped to compete and thrive in this globalized economy. I am proud to take part in this measure to rebuild our nation's infrastructure - both physical and human - and renew confidence in our economy." (votesmart.org)
  • Jared Polis. Polis: Colorado School Districts to Receive $415 Million Under Stimulus Bill Spending. 21 January 2009. "The economic downturn has left its mark on Colorado's schools our school districts are underfunded, and the state is considering cutting back even more," said Polis. "With this additional help from the federal government, we can help Colorado fend off cuts to the critical area of education. This package will help prevent layoffs and keep Colorado's teachers where we need them the most in Colorado's classrooms." (votesmart.org)
  • Americans for Prosperity. 04/18/2012. "Jared Polis supported the interests of the Americans for Prosperity 5 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Jared Polis. HR 5297. 112th Congress. Small Business Lending Fund and Tax Law Amendments. Jared Polis voted Nay on 09/23/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • The Club for Growth. 04/18/2012. "On the votes used to calculate its ratings, The Club for Growth attaches more value to those votes it considers more important. For 2010, The Club for Growth gave Jared Polis a rating of 14 percent." (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support providing tax incentives to businesses for the purpose of job creation? View Citations

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  • Jared Polis. Polis: Clean Energy is a Crux of the Tax Debate. 10 December 2010. "The continuation of the Treasury Grant Program means jobs for Colorado and is absolutely critical," said Polis. "This innovative provision has been among the most effective job creation tools for the solar, wind and clean tech sectors--small businesses whose growth and hiring have been leading the nation's economic recovery. The program will save the government $400 million over the next six years, and its true value is in leveraging private investment, $18 billion to date." The 1603 Treasury Grant Program helps clean energy startups with their high upfront costs by allowing the tax credits the company would have otherwise received to be provided in the form of an up-front grant, costing the government nothing." (votesmart.org)
  • Jared Polis. Polis Solar EDGE Act to Spark Growth and Investment in American Solar Industry. 21 June 2010. Colorado Congressman Jared Polis (D-CO), joined by Congresswoman Linda Sanchez (D-CA), has introduced H.R. 5763, the Solar Expansion of Distributed Generation Exponentially (EDGE) Act, to help spark investment in small scale 'distributed generation' solar projects across the U.S. and encourage long-term job growth in the solar industry. 'Colorado is a national leader in developing innovative clean energy technologies and our growing green economy,' said Congressman Polis. 'Unfortunately, new solar power has been mostly confined to states like Colorado with solar-friendly regulations or large-scale projects that require expensive transmission infrastructure. Solar could and should be an easy choice for every household or small business; every empty rooftop is a wasted opportunity. The Solar EDGE Act will boost the American solar industry, maintain America's leadership in a technology we created, and promote a surge of new clean energy investment that will fuel job creation and drive down consumer energy prices' [¦] Specifically, the Solar EDGE Act will: -Provide a two-year 20% increase to the current Investment Tax Credit (ITC) for small solar systems (under 20kW), creating an aggressive, shortterm acceleration of distributed generation for residential and commercial consumers, accelerating job creation and technological advancement [...] -Create an estimated 83,000 new jobs in the manufacturing and installation sectors of the solar market, with industry growth benefits lasting long after the short term boost expires. This measure will add a projected additional 1,000 MW of new solar and over $6 billion in new private investment, without the expensive infrastructure investments that accompany new centralized power sources." (votesmart.org)
  • Jared Polis. Congressman Dold Joins Bipartisan Effort to Add Up to $1 Trillion to our Economy Without Spending a Single Tax Dollar. 19 May 2011. "U.S. Congressmen Robert Dold joined Representatives Kevin Brady (R-TX), Jim Matheson (D-UT), Jim Cooper (D-TN), Devin Nunes (R-CA) and Jared Polis (D-CO) in filing the Freedom to Invest Act of 2011 today. This legislation would temporarily lower tax barriers to encourage American companies with earnings overseas to bring those dollars back to the U.S. for investment. [¦] 'This bipartisan legislation will bring jobs back home. By encouraging companies to reinvest in America, we can make it in America and create jobs for American workers,' said Rep. Polis. 'While we still need comprehensive tax simplification with a lower overall rate to help U.S. companies keep their competitive edge, this measure will encourage job creation in Colorado and across America.'" (votesmart.org)
  • Jared Polis. Polis Introduces Innovative Technologies Investment Incentive Act of 2010. 16 June 2010. "Colorado's growing clean energy industry is an essential part of our economy and incentivizing investment is a great way to spur further innovation and job creation," said Congressman Polis. "I am proud to work with my colleagues to replicate this successful program so that innovative companies across the country can benefit from the same incentives that have proven effective in Maryland." (votesmart.org)
  • Jared Polis. Congressman Dold Joins Bipartisan Effort to Add Up to $1 Trillion to our Economy Without Spending a Single Tax Dollar. 19 May 2011. "U.S. Congressmen Robert Dold joined Representatives Kevin Brady (R-TX), Jim Matheson (D-UT), Jim Cooper (D-TN), Devin Nunes (R-CA) and Jared Polis (D-CO) in filing the Freedom to Invest Act of 2011 today. This legislation would temporarily lower tax barriers to encourage American companies with earnings overseas to bring those dollars back to the U.S. for investment. [¦] "This bipartisan legislation will bring jobs back home. By encouraging companies to reinvest in America, we can make it in America and create jobs for American workers," said Rep. Polis. "While we still need comprehensive tax simplification with a lower overall rate to help U.S. companies keep their competitive edge, this measure will encourage job creation in Colorado and across America." (votesmart.org)
  • Jared Polis. Polis Solar EDGE Act to Spark Growth and Investment in American Solar Industry. 21 June 2010. Colorado Congressman Jared Polis (D-CO), joined by Congresswoman Linda Sanchez (D-CA), has introduced H.R. 5763, the Solar Expansion of Distributed Generation Exponentially (EDGE) Act, to help spark investment in small scale "distributed generation" solar projects across the U.S. and encourage long-term job growth in the solar industry. "Colorado is a national leader in developing innovative clean energy technologies and our growing green economy," said Congressman Polis. "Unfortunately, new solar power has been mostly confined to states like Colorado with solar-friendly regulations or large-scale projects that require expensive transmission infrastructure. Solar could and should be an easy choice for every household or small business; every empty rooftop is a wasted opportunity. The Solar EDGE Act will boost the American solar industry, maintain America's leadership in a technology we created, and promote a surge of new clean energy investment that will fuel job creation and drive down consumer energy prices." [¦] Specifically, the Solar EDGE Act will: -Provide a two-year 20% increase to the current Investment Tax Credit (ITC) for small solar systems (under 20kW), creating an aggressive, shortterm acceleration of distributed generation for residential and commercial consumers, accelerating job creation and technological advancement. [...] -Create an estimated 83,000 new jobs in the manufacturing and installation sectors of the solar market, with industry growth benefits lasting long after the short term boost expires. This measure will add a projected additional 1,000 MW of new solar and over $6 billion in new private investment, without the expensive infrastructure investments that accompany new centralized power sources." (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Education: Do you support requiring states to implement education reforms in order to be eligible for competitive federal grants? View Citations

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  • Jared Polis. Bush's Education Legacy. 15 January 2009. " For any education reform to succeed, our schools need to be adequately funded. Not only did No Child Left Behind ignore the issue of addressing inequitable and inadequate funding among our nation's schools, but the Bush Administration failed to fund its own policies. Rather than live up to its promises in the bipartisan agreement, the Bush Administration delivered a series of unfunded mandates. While schools faced ever-more-rigorous requirements, they received less federal funding to reduce class sizes and hire highly trained teachers — two of the most critical factors for improving student learning. Without a serious investment, laws alone cannot yield the desired result. The federal government needs to fulfill its promises and provide schools with the tools they need to implement changes and succeed." (votesmart.org)
  • Jared Polis. Issue Position: Education. 13 July 2011. "Reform and Fund the No Child Left Behind Act: We need to improve No Child Left Behind by adding flexibility and identifying indicators of achievement beyond standardized test scores. At the same time, the federal government needs to increase education funding so schools can meet its mandates. Instead of unfunded mandates that penalize schools, the federal government needs to fulfill its promises and provide them with the tools they need to implement changes and succeed." (votesmart.org)
  • Jared Polis. Bush's Education Legacy. 15 January 2009. " For any education reform to succeed, our schools need to be adequately funded. Not only did No Child Left Behind ignore the issue of addressing inequitable and inadequate funding among our nation's schools, but the Bush Administration failed to fund its own policies. Rather than live up to its promises in the bipartisan agreement, the Bush Administration delivered a series of unfunded mandates. While schools faced ever-more-rigorous requirements, they received less federal funding to reduce class sizes and hire highly trained teachers two of the most critical factors for improving student learning. Without a serious investment, laws alone cannot yield the desired result. The federal government needs to fulfill its promises and provide schools with the tools they need to implement changes and succeed." (votesmart.org)
  • Jared Polis. Op-Ed “ Don't Gut Education Reform. 8 July 2010. "Race to the Top has inspired more education-reform legislation in the past 18 months than most states saw in the last 20 years. Colorado is in an excellent position to receive much-needed resources to implement its strong proposal. These cuts will shrink the pool of available funds for Colorado." (votesmart.org)
  • Jared Polis. ACE Act Essential to Reforming Low-Performing Schools. 1 December 2011. "The legislation--the Achieving Change in Education (ACE) Act--would provide funding through School Improvement Grants for local school districts that choose and implement--with family and community input--one of six intervention models at a chronically low-performing school. [...] 'The ACE Act would create momentous change at persistently low-performing public schools by supporting evidence-based turnaround models that improve student performance. It is critical that the reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act include these or similar proposals that support schools as they seek to improve and provide a quality education to every child.'" (votesmart.org)
  • Jared Polis. Colorado Wins $6 Million Education Grant to Turn Around Low-Performing Schools. 26 May 2011. "Every child in Colorado deserves an excellent school, which is why I strongly support innovative reforms that will transform the lowest performing schools into success stories and their students into achievers prepared for college or a career," said Polis. "My legislation will insist that schools reform and perform. Schools that improve student outcomes and hold teachers and administrators accountable for results will be rewarded. There is no reason why any child in America should be forced to attend a school that is failing." (votesmart.org)
  • Jared Polis. Colorado Eligible for Millions Of "Race to the Top" Education Reform Dollars. 25 May 2011. "Race to the Top lifts the hopes and aspirations of all students because it fosters innovative and effective reforms that are improving America's schools," said Polis. "This is the most successful education reform effort in history, and I will work to see that Colorado can continue its push to make every school a great school with the help of this funding. Our state's recent early childhood education advancements and inclusion of early learning should give us a leg up in the competition. These funds will help provide hope and opportunity for our next generation." (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Energy: Do you support reducing restrictions on offshore energy production? View Citations

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  • Jared Polis. Polis Royalty Reform, Endangered Species Protections Included in Comprehensive Oil Spill Response Package. 30 July 2010. "Provisions authored by Congressman Jared Polis (D-CO) that would help prevent future oil spills and tighten the enforcement of federal offshore drilling policies were included the comprehensive oil spill response package considered by the U.S. House of Representatives today. "For too long the "drill baby drill' ethos has directed our drilling policy; we need to restore balance and simple, common sense safety nets to such a risky process," said Polis. "We've worked hard in the House to address the problems leading up to the Gulf spill and end clear conflicts of interest in the Department of the Interior in order to prevent another offshore disaster. [¦] "Today, the House took decisive action to hold guilty parties accountable for the Deepwater Horizon as well as ensure that a disaster of this magnitude does not happen again," said Polis. "My provisions included in this bill will help crackdown on some of the most egregious offenses committed by the big oil and our own government, leading to this spill. Until we can end our dangerous dependence on oil and transition to a clean energy economy, it is our responsibility to see that any drilling on American lands and waters is does as safely as possible." (votesmart.org)
  • Jared Polis. Polis Royalty Reform, Endangered Species Protections Included in Comprehensive Oil Spill Response Package. 30 July 2010. "Provisions authored by Congressman Jared Polis (D-CO) that would help prevent future oil spills and tighten the enforcement of federal offshore drilling policies were included the comprehensive oil spill response package considered by the U.S. House of Representatives today. 'For too long the "drill baby drill' ethos has directed our drilling policy; we need to restore balance and simple, common sense safety nets to such a risky process,' said Polis. 'We've worked hard in the House to address the problems leading up to the Gulf spill and end clear conflicts of interest in the Department of the Interior in order to prevent another offshore disaster' [¦] 'Today, the House took decisive action to hold guilty parties accountable for the Deepwater Horizon as well as ensure that a disaster of this magnitude does not happen again,' said Polis. 'My provisions included in this bill will help crackdown on some of the most egregious offenses committed by the big oil and our own government, leading to this spill. Until we can end our dangerous dependence on oil and transition to a clean energy economy, it is our responsibility to see that any drilling on American lands and waters is does as safely as possible.'" (votesmart.org)
  • Jared Polis. Polis Introduces Deepwater Drilling Royalty Reform Bill. 30 June 2010. "In response to BP's Deepwater Horizon oil spill disaster, Congressman Jared Polis (D-CO) has introduced The Oil Pollution Taxpayer and Environmental Protection Act to reform the process of assessing and collecting offshore drilling royalties and end federal incentives for deep sea drilling in U.S. waters. This is the first of a number of oil and gas proposals Polis plans to introduce in the coming weeks. 'With the national debt and BP spill weighing heavily on America's mind, it makes no sense that taxpayers are subsidizing the risky drilling practices of multi-billion dollar oil companies, while forced to bare the economic and environmental costs when things go wrong,' said Polis. 'No matter how you look at it--even when taking into consideration any increased tax revenue from increased drilling--we're still being sold short. This bill will help ensure that the American people are appropriately compensated for the use and possible misuse of our precious natural resources.'" (votesmart.org)
  • Jared Polis. Polis Introduces Bill to Force DOI, Oil Industry to Abide by Endangered Species Laws. 27 July 2010. "Continuing his response to BP's Deepwater Horizon oil spill disaster, Congressman Jared Polis (D-CO) today introduced H.R. 5863 -- The Oil Pollution Wildlife Protection Act-- that would tighten federal offshore drilling policies by forcing the U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI) and the oil industry to obtain and abide by federal drilling permits in areas where it might harm endangered species or marine mammals. 'The disaster in the Gulf is what happens when companies choose profit over protections,' said Polis. 'The blatant disregard of our environmental laws by the oil industry was shameful, but the lax enforcement of those laws by our very own government is equally to blame. While we cannot put back the oil, we can put an end to the government-approved evasion of some of our nation's most important environmental laws, and the Oil Pollution Wildlife Protection Act does just that.'" (votesmart.org)
  • Jared Polis. Jared Polis. Issue Position: Energy & Environment. 12 July 2011. "Our nation has a serious addiction to fossil fuels. We must reduce our reliance on foreign sources of oil, but it is incorrect to assume that the solution is with oil and gas production here at home, especially in pristine, critical habitat like the Roan Plateau outside of Rifle, or anywhere oil shale production is planned. Because of the international nature of the oil and gas market, domestic supply has little or no effect on price, and espousing a "Drill, baby, drill" attitude is not the answer [¦] Our nation's energy future won't be found in Colorado's mountains, Canada's oil sands, Alaska's wildlife refuges or on the Outer Continental Shelf." (votesmart.org)
  • Jared Polis. HR 1230. 112th Congress. Offshore Leasing Act. Jared Polis voted Nay on 05/05/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Environment America. 04/18/2012. "Jared Polis supported the interests of Environment America 100 percent in 2009." (votesmart.org)
  • Jared Polis. HR 3534. 112th Congress. Offshore Drilling Regulations and Other Energy Law Amendments. Jared Polis voted Yea on 07/30/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Jared Polis. H Amdt 773. 112th Congress. Ending Moratorium on Deepwater Drilling Rigs that Meet Certain Safety Standards. Jared Polis voted Yea on 07/30/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Jared Polis. Letter to Speaker Boehner, Leader Pelosi, Leader Cantor and Whip Hoyer. 7 December 2011. "We write to urge extension of the highly successful grant program for specified energy property in lieu of tax credits (the "1603 Treasury Grant Program") before it expires on December 31, 2011. Since enactment, this program has leveraged more than $22.8 billion in private sector investment for 22,000 projects across the clean energy industry, including solar, wind, biomass, fuel cells, combined heat-and-power, and hydro, in all 50 states. Extension of this successful and effective program will create jobs, spur economic growth, and promote private sector development of clean energy technologies. Prior to the 2008 financial crisis, clean energy project developers primarily relied on tax equity partnerships with investors to utilize clean energy tax incentives. Since 2008, however, the availability of tax equity declined dramatically. According to a report issued by the Bipartisan Policy Center in March 2011, the number of tax equity investors shrunk by nearly half, with associated tax equity financing tumbling over 80 percent from $6.1 billion in 2007 to $1.2 billion in 2009. This decline severely limited the financing available for energy projects. Congress enacted the 1603 Treasury Grant Program to restore the availability of financing for renewable energy projects and to create domestic jobs in a hard hit sector of the economy. Under the program, developers receive a federal grant in lieu of the tax credit--changing the timing of when the energy incentive can be claimed. This change in timing, however, provides the liquidity and funding needed to develop domestic energy projects. As a result, the program underpinned strong growth in the renewable energy sector during the current economic downturn. Despite some improvement, the tax equity market is still unable to support the clean energy industry adequately. In July 2011, the U.S. Partnership for Renewable Energy Finance surveyed tax equity investors and found that expiration of the program would shrink the total financing available for renewable energy projects by 52 percent in 2012. Allowing the 1603 Treasury Grant Program to lapse would eliminate tens of thousands of jobs across all clean energy industries. Given the program's importance, as well as its proven record of success, we urge you to include its extension in any year-end legislation considered by the House." (votesmart.org)
  • Jared Polis. Issue Position: Reducing Gas Prices. 12 July 2011. "Protect public lands from drilling - Further drilling, exploitation and despoliation of wilderness areas like the Roan Plateau and ANWR proposed by the oil industry is not the answer. I strongly opposes the Bureau of Land Management's current plan to expand gas-drilling leases in the Roan Plateau. Instead, we should strengthen environmental protection of our pristine public lands. The oil and gas industry is exploiting the gas price crisis to rush along leases on our federal lands and argue for additional exploitation. These are false solutions and only feed our reliance on fossil fuels." (votesmart.org)
  • Jared Polis. Jared Polis. Issue Position: Energy & Environment. 12 July 2011. "Our nation has a serious addiction to fossil fuels. We must reduce our reliance on foreign sources of oil, but it is incorrect to assume that the solution is with oil and gas production here at home, especially in pristine, critical habitat like the Roan Plateau outside of Rifle, or anywhere oil shale production is planned. Because of the international nature of the oil and gas market, domestic supply has little or no effect on price, and espousing a "Drill, baby, drill" attitude is not the answer. [¦] Our nation's energy future won't be found in Colorado's mountains, Canada's oil sands, Alaska's wildlife refuges or on the Outer Continental Shelf." (votesmart.org)
  • Jared Polis. Putting the Gulf of Mexico Back to Work. 10 May 2011. "This is the exact wrong legislative response to the BP disaster. Rather than acting to make off-shore drilling safer and smarter, the underlying bill would make drilling faster and more reckless. Under this bill, we could actually have less rigorous oversight and review of offshore drilling than we had before the Deepwater Horizon disaster. By imposing an artificial and arbitrary deadline, the bill heavily biases the permitting process toward approval, placing undue burdens on reviewers to accelerate the process regardless of safety and environmental concerns." (votesmart.org)
  • Jared Polis. Polis Introduces Bill to Force DOI, Oil Industry to Abide by Endangered Species Laws. 27 July 2010. "Continuing his response to BP's Deepwater Horizon oil spill disaster, Congressman Jared Polis (D-CO) today introduced H.R. 5863 -- The Oil Pollution Wildlife Protection Act-- that would tighten federal offshore drilling policies by forcing the U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI) and the oil industry to obtain and abide by federal drilling permits in areas where it might harm endangered species or marine mammals. "The disaster in the Gulf is what happens when companies choose profit over protections," said Polis. "The blatant disregard of our environmental laws by the oil industry was shameful, but the lax enforcement of those laws by our very own government is equally to blame. While we cannot put back the oil, we can put an end to the government-approved evasion of some of our nation's most important environmental laws, and the Oil Pollution Wildlife Protection Act does just that." (votesmart.org)
  • Jared Polis. Polis Introduces Deepwater Drilling Royalty Reform Bill. 30 June 2010. "In response to BP's Deepwater Horizon oil spill disaster, Congressman Jared Polis (D-CO) has introduced The Oil Pollution Taxpayer and Environmental Protection Act to reform the process of assessing and collecting offshore drilling royalties and end federal incentives for deep sea drilling in U.S. waters. This is the first of a number of oil and gas proposals Polis plans to introduce in the coming weeks. "With the national debt and BP spill weighing heavily on America's mind, it makes no sense that taxpayers are subsidizing the risky drilling practices of multi-billion dollar oil companies, while forced to bare the economic and environmental costs when things go wrong," said Polis. "No matter how you look at it--even when taking into consideration any increased tax revenue from increased drilling--we're still being sold short. This bill will help ensure that the American people are appropriately compensated for the use and possible misuse of our precious natural resources." (votesmart.org)
  • Jared Polis. Letter to Speaker Boehner, Leader Pelosi, Leader Cantor and Whip Hoyer. 7 December 2011. "We write to urge extension of the highly successful grant program for specified energy property in lieu of tax credits (the '1603 Treasury Grant Program') before it expires on December 31, 2011. Since enactment, this program has leveraged more than $22.8 billion in private sector investment for 22,000 projects across the clean energy industry, including solar, wind, biomass, fuel cells, combined heat-and-power, and hydro, in all 50 states. Extension of this successful and effective program will create jobs, spur economic growth, and promote private sector development of clean energy technologies. Prior to the 2008 financial crisis, clean energy project developers primarily relied on tax equity partnerships with investors to utilize clean energy tax incentives. Since 2008, however, the availability of tax equity declined dramatically. According to a report issued by the Bipartisan Policy Center in March 2011, the number of tax equity investors shrunk by nearly half, with associated tax equity financing tumbling over 80 percent from $6.1 billion in 2007 to $1.2 billion in 2009. This decline severely limited the financing available for energy projects. Congress enacted the 1603 Treasury Grant Program to restore the availability of financing for renewable energy projects and to create domestic jobs in a hard hit sector of the economy. Under the program, developers receive a federal grant in lieu of the tax credit--changing the timing of when the energy incentive can be claimed. This change in timing, however, provides the liquidity and funding needed to develop domestic energy projects. As a result, the program underpinned strong growth in the renewable energy sector during the current economic downturn. Despite some improvement, the tax equity market is still unable to support the clean energy industry adequately. In July 2011, the U.S. Partnership for Renewable Energy Finance surveyed tax equity investors and found that expiration of the program would shrink the total financing available for renewable energy projects by 52 percent in 2012. Allowing the 1603 Treasury Grant Program to lapse would eliminate tens of thousands of jobs across all clean energy industries. Given the program's importance, as well as its proven record of success, we urge you to include its extension in any year-end legislation considered by the House." (votesmart.org)
  • Jared Polis. Providing for Consideration of H.R. 1229, Putting the Gulf of Mexico Back to Work Act, and Providing for Consideration of H.R. 1230, Restarting American Offshore Leasing Now Act. 5 May 2011. "Mr. Speaker, today the House considers the BP respill bills. That might not be what they are officially called, but it's a much more accurate title for this legislation. It's clear that the authors of these BP respill bills did not learn any lessons from the Deepwater Horizon disasters. These bills would make offshore drilling more dangerous for offshore workers, 11 of whom died on the Deepwater Horizon. These bills would make offshore drilling more dangerous for the environment, which was coated with 4.1 million barrels of oil along the Gulf Coast and is killing fish and wildlife in the area to this day as a result of BP's recklessness. These bills would make offshore drilling more dangerous for our national security because they reinforce the complete myth that America can somehow drill our way out of dependence on oil. And these bills are more dangerous for the economy, risking destroying fishing and tourism jobs in affected areas. But one thing these bills do not do is make filling up at the pump any more affordable at all for American families. According to the American Petroleum Institute itself, the main advocacy group for oil interests, even if we opened all Federal land to oil drilling, including offshore areas, including Alaska's wildlife refuge and all Federal land that is in the national parks, they can't even say that it would reduce gas prices or oil prices. In fact, the cheap oil analyst at the Oil Price Information Service, which calculates gas prices for AAA, the motorist organization, said: ``This drill, drill, drill thing is tired. It's a simplistic way of looking for a solution that doesn't exist.'' (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Environment: Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions? View Citations

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  • League of Conservation Voters. 04/18/2012. "Jared Polis supported the interests of the League of Conservation Voters 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Environment America. 04/18/2012. "Jared Polis supported the interests of Environment America 100 percent in 2009." (votesmart.org)
  • Jared Polis. HR 2454. 111th Congress. Energy and Environmental Law Amendments ("Cap and Trade"). Jared Polis voted Yea on 06/26/2009. (votesmart.org)
  • Sierra Club. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Sierra Club endorsed Jared Polis in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Jared Polis. HR 910. 112th Congress. Energy Tax Prevention Act. Jared Polis voted Nay on 04/07/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Jared Polis. Issue Position: Global Climate Change. 11 July 2011. "At home, now is the time for Congress to pass effective carbon emission-reduction legislation, despite the relentless attempts by oil and coal lobbyists to derail bills with teeth. We must increase investments in energy efficiency and renewable energy research and technology, including the expansion of the National Renewable Energy Laboratory in Golden. But we also have to help move the groundbreaking technology into the market through incentives, university-industry collaboration and other public-private partnerships. I believe that the development of alternative fuels, such as biofuels, as well as energy-efficient products, such as hybrid vehicles and Zero-Energy Homes, holds the key to both becoming energy independent and addressing global warming. In addition, renewable energy can foster entrepreneurship, capitalize on American ingenuity and create jobs." (votesmart.org)
  • Jared Polis. Energy Tax Prevention Act of 2011. 6 April 2011. "Madam Chair, this amendment is simple, and I appreciate the rule making it in order. It allows the Environmental Protection Agency to continue protecting the American people from the greatest public health and environmental challenge in global history, global climate change. The overwhelming scientific evidence suggests that greenhouse gases and carbon pollution, if left unchecked, pose a significant threat to public health. This is not a scientific conclusion that anybody in the investigative community desires or wants. It is an unfortunate reality. I simply want the administrator to have the ability to temporarily unlock the handcuffs on the bill if there is a significant threat to the public health." (votesmart.org)
  • Jared Polis. Issue Position: Energy & Environment. 12 July 2011. "Congress is undertaking an invigorated effort to address climate change this Congress and I will work with my colleagues to develop and institute responsible policies that effectively address our carbon output and grow our economy. By working to address our nation's carbon emissions, we will set an example for emerging world powers in the lead up to a new international climate agreement. The house this year already passed the American Clean Energy and Security Act which contained a greenhouse gas cap and trade program, a national Renewable Energy Standard (RES), and a new environmental education and green jobs training program that I developed. These provisions, including my environmental education and green jobs program, are also included in the Clean Energy Jobs and American Power Act, the central energy and climate legislation that the Senate is considering right now. While the Senate continues their work, I will continue to work to ensure that the end result is an effective and responsible approach to curbing this ever increasing problem. It is my hope that the final bill will have strong midterm targets, at least 20% by 2020, with strong efficiency targets, reassuring consumer protections and an ability for the EPA to regulate greenhouse gasses if congress fails to enact strong policy. " (votesmart.org)
  • Jared Polis. Issue Position: Environment. 12 July 2011. "Preserving our natural resources for future generations is a critical priority. As a matter of personal and collective integrity, we need to stand up for the environment by initiating and supporting policies that emphasize sustainability through innovation and collaboration. We must reject the false dilemma that pits economic growth against environmental stewardship, we should focus on solutions that achieve both of these important goals. Cleaning our air and water, securing wildlife habitat and open space, safeguarding the health and safety of our children, and promoting economic opportunity can be accomplished through fair policies based on cutting-edge scientific and technological advances and a spirit of working together." (votesmart.org)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Guns: Do you support restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns? View Citations

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  • Jared Polis. Video: Jared Talks Issues in Granby. 7 July 2011. "On guns, first of all they spend a lot of time and effort trying to convince people that the Democrats are trying to take away their guns. I'm a Democrat and I know tons of Democrats “ I don't know any that are trying to take away people's guns “ I'm not." (www.veoh.com)
  • Jared Polis. Providing for Consideration of H.R. 822, National Right-To-Carry Reciprocity Act of 2011. 15 November 2011. "I asked the chair of the Judiciary Committee yesterday in Rules whether he thought this provision was constitutionally required to protect the Second Amendment. He responded that no, the State does not have to have a concealed weapons system, a concealed-carry system under the Second Amendment. It is a matter of discretion or policy in that State. I think this bill runs contrary to State sovereignty and to the privacy of individuals. That's why I encourage my colleagues to vote 'no' on this bill." (votesmart.org)
  • Jared Polis. The Denver Post: Voter Guide. Responded "The Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution grants all Americans the right to 'keep and bear arms.' We need to balance the right to bear arms with public safety measures that do not infringe on this right, such as closing the 'gun show loop-hole' nationally, as we have done in Colorado. For such a measure to gain my support I would need to be convinced it does not infringe on the rights guaranteed in the 2nd Amendment" to the question: "Should congress reinstate the assault wepons ban?" (c3.thevoterguide.org)
  • Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence endorsed Jared Polis in the 2008 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Jared Polis. 2008. "Jared Talks Issues in Granby" (Veoh video) 7 July 2011. "On guns, first of all they spend a lot of time an effort trying to convince people that the Democrats are trying to take away their guns. Im a Democrat and I know tons of Democrats “ I don't know any that are trying to take away people's guns “ I'm not." (www.veoh.com)
No Inferred Answer Health Care: Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act? View Citations

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  • American Public Health Association. 04/18/2012. "Jared Polis supported the interests of the American Public Health Association 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Jared Polis. HR 2. 112th Congress. Repealing the Health Care Bill. Jared Polis voted Nay on 01/19/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Jared Polis. Polis Statement on House GOP Vote to Repeal Patients' Rights. 19 January 2011. "Job creation is my top priority and I am more than willing to work with my colleagues across the aisle to achieve this goal," said Polis. "But instead of focusing on job creation and economic growth, Republican leadership started out the new Congress by repealing patients' rights, causing the average American's out-of-pocket health costs to rise and thousands to lose coverage all together. Rather than wasting time bringing empty promises and purely political legislation to the floor, we should be working to develop innovative, bipartisan solutions that will create jobs, reduce the deficit, and put our economy back on track." (votesmart.org)
  • Jared Polis. Statement on Supreme Court's Health Ruling. 28 June 2012. "The health care law is not perfect and just as I did during the drafting of the original legislation, I'll work with anyone who wants to constructively improve it. But now that the Court has ruled we should work together on a bipartisan basis to ensure that it functions effectively and extends quality health care to all." (votesmart.org)
  • Jared Polis. Issue Position: Why a National Single Payer Health Care System is Best for All. 13 July 2012. "Our health-care system is irrational, expensive, inequitable, inefficient and wasteful, and I strongly believe that quality, affordable health care is a fundamental human right and not a privilege. My priority is to help enact comprehensive health care reform for universal quality health care that improves both the efficiency of the healthcare system, American competitiveness, and most importantly improves the health of all Americans." (votesmart.org)
  • Jared Polis. Providing for Consideration of H.R. 4, Small Business Paperwork Mandate Elimination Act of 2011. 2 March 2011. "We replace that in the Affordable Care Act with something that I like to think has support from both sides of the aisles, and that is a sliding scale of reductions. So there is an actual incentive to get off of government health care, to get off of Medicaid, to better yourself and take that 50 cent raise, realizing you may not keep all 50 cents, you might lose a little bit. But, you know what, we're going to let you keep 30 cents of that, and 20 cents will go to decreasing your government benefits. And eventually you've weaned yourself off of government aid entirely and you're able to support health care. That is another misconception. It's not that people want to receive Medicaid or government health care; what they want is to be able to afford, to earn enough money to afford to have private insurance. That's the goal here. The Affordable Care Act helps them get there." (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Immigration: Do you support requiring illegal immigrants to return to their country of origin before they are eligible for citizenship? View Citations

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  • Jared Polis. Polis, Progressives Release Principles for Immigration Reform. 18 June 2010. "This week, Congressman Jared Polis (D-CO), chairman of the Congressional Progressive Caucus (CPC) Immigration Taskforce, sent a letter signed by leaders of the CPC and the entire Immigration Taskforce to President Obama outlining the CPC's principles for immigration reform and urging passage of comprehensive immigration reform this year. 'Immigration reform is central to the CPC's mission and has long been a top priority for our members,' said the letter. 'Therefore, we urge you to consider the following principles and look forward to working with you to ensure that they are part of any comprehensive reform. While we are encouraged by the leadership you and the Senate have demonstrated in striving to achieve a principled and workable solution to our broken immigration system, Congress must act quickly. Immigration reform must not become a victim of electoral politics. ' The CPC consists of more than 80 members and is the largest caucus within the Democratic Caucus. The CPC's immigration principles include: Allowing immigrants currently in the United States a pathway to seek earned legal status; and citizenship." (votesmart.org)
  • Jared Polis. HR 5281. 112th Congress. DREAM Act. Jared Polis voted Yea on 12/08/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Federation for American Immigration Reform. 04/18/2012. "Jared Polis supported the interests of the Federation for American Immigration Reform 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • National Latino Congreso/William C. Velásquez Institute. 04/18/2012. "Jared Polis supported the interests of National Latino Congreso/William C. Velásquez Institute 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Jared Polis. Comprehensive Immigration Reform. 2 March 2011. This Nation has over 15 million people who are here illegally, and yet I don't hear one word about comprehensive immigration reform. Comprehensive immigration reform has strong majority support in polls from Republican voters, from Independent voters, and from Democratic voters. Comprehensive immigration reform would finally establish real border security, real employment verification, and require that people that are here illegally register, pay a fine and get right with the law. It is common sense for America, and it's time for Congress to take action on this critical issue. (votesmart.org)
  • Jared Polis. Issue Position: Immigration 7 July 2011. "In order to create real, long-lasting reform, we must create a pathway to legal status for the millions of undocumented immigrants who have made lives for themselves and their families in the United States. It is essential for our national security to know who resides within our borders." (votesmart.org)
  • Jared Polis. Polis Statement on New Senate Immigration Reform Bill. 7 July 2011. "Today Senators Menendez and Leahy showed true leadership by introducing the Comprehensive Immigration Reform Act. Instead of punting the issue like so many of our colleagues in Congress, this bill represents a good-faith effort to fix our broken immigration system. The bill contains tough provisions that would secure our borders, crack down on unscrupulous employers who cheat the system, and force immigrants who are here illegally to come out the shadows and to get right with the law by paying fines and registering with the government. (votesmart.org)
  • Jared Polis. Issue Position: Immigration. 7 July 11. "Therefore, I support the bipartisan compromise reached through the leadership efforts of Senator Salazar that does the following:- Provides a transitional pathway to citizenship for qualifying immigrants" (votesmart.org)
  • Jared Polis. We Need To Pass Comprehensive Immigration Reform Now. 29 April 2010. "The Senate bill would require that anybody who is here has to register and have a background check and they would get a prospective immigrant status, a transitory, temporary status to be here. And eventually if they learned English, went through all of these steps, they could become a permanent resident. But that is quite a long way down the road. And to ever achieve lawful permanent residence, they would have to speak English, have basic citizenship skills, updated terrorism, criminal history and background checks, pay all Federal income taxes, fees and civil penalties and register for selective service after 8 years on the temporary status." (votesmart.org)
  • Jared Polis. Letter to Janet Napolitano, Secretary, Homeland Security, and Eric H. Holder, Jr., Attorney General. 27 September 2011. "We applaud the August 18, 2011 announcement that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) plans to close many low-priority immigration deportation proceedings. We especially commend DHS for stating that it will consider the family ties of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people as a factor in determining cases that merit relief from deportation, including for gay and lesbian foreign nationals who are the spouses and partners of U.S. citizens and permanent residents. We write to you today with two requests that will further the enforcement of this important mandate [¦] We ask that consideration of LGBT family ties be communicated in the guidance being prepared by the new DHS/DOJ working group [¦] Additionally, we ask that the working group include a member experienced in working with LGBT immigrants and their families to ensure that these factors are recognized and understood in the working group's case-by-case review of all individuals currently in removal proceedings as well as its review of new cases placed in removal proceedings. The vulnerability of LGBT immigrants -- the historical stigmatization of whom both within and outside the U.S. is well-documented -- makes knowledgeable review a necessity. The announcement on August 18 constitutes a major step forward in ensuring that immigration enforcement resources prioritize enhancing border security, national security, and public safety as well as in exercising discretion when warranted." (votesmart.org)
  • Jared Polis. Letter to President Obama. 23 November 2011. "As Secure Communities continues to expand, we write because we have been deeply troubled by the implementation of the program since its inception. We were further concerned when the Department of Homeland Security undermined the ability of states to opt out of the program by unilaterally terminating all Memoranda of Agreement with State Identification Bureaus across the country. Now, the recently released report of the task force established by DHS to review Secure Communities has led us to conclude that the program must immediately be terminated [¦] We urge you to immediately stop Secure Communities. We cannot make our communities safer by tearing them apart." (votesmart.org)
  • Jared Polis. Polis Applauds DHS Decision to Cease Deportation of Dreamers. 15 June 2012. "Congressman Jared Polis issued the following statement in response to an announcement by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) that it would immediately end the deportation of young people who were brought to the U.S. as children and who do not present a risk to national security and public safety. 'I applaud the Obama administration and Secretary Napolitano for taking this common-sense step toward a more sane immigration policy. This decision will allow hundreds of thousands of young people to legally support their families, contribute to our nation, pay taxes, and make our country safer and stronger.'" (votesmart.org)
  • Jared Polis. Immigration Reform Urgently Needed. 25 June 2009. "Our current immigration system is broken and greatly in need of reform. In order to create real, long-lasting reform, we must create a pathway to legal status for the millions of undocumented immigrants who have made lives for themselves and their families in the United States. It is essential for our national security to know who resides within our borders. [¦] Amnesty alone is not the solution. We need real reform. We tried amnesty in the late 1980s, and because we never took serious steps at enforcement, we wound up in precisely the same predicament 20 years later. If all we do is pass amnesty, we will likely be having the same debate again a few years." (votesmart.org)
  • Jared Polis. Polis Response to President's Immigration Speech. 1 July 2010. "I take pride in the fact that the American people are ahead of the politicians on this issue--three quarters of Americans support common sense comprehensive immigration reform which President Obama outlined today: strengthening border security; cracking down on employers who hire immigrants illegally; and requiring immigrants, who are here illegally, to register with the federal government, pay taxes, undergo background checks, and learn English." (votesmart.org)
  • Jared Polis. Polis, Progressives Release Principles for Immigration Reform. 18 June 2010. "This week, Congressman Jared Polis (D-CO), chairman of the Congressional Progressive Caucus (CPC) Immigration Taskforce, sent a letter signed by leaders of the CPC and the entire Immigration Taskforce to President Obama outlining the CPC's principles for immigration reform and urging passage of comprehensive immigration reform this year. "Immigration reform is central to the CPC's mission and has long been a top priority for our members," said the letter. "Therefore, we urge you to consider the following principles and look forward to working with you to ensure that they are part of any comprehensive reform. While we are encouraged by the leadership you and the Senate have demonstrated in striving to achieve a principled and workable solution to our broken immigration system, Congress must act quickly. Immigration reform must not become a victim of electoral politics. " The CPC consists of more than 80 members and is the largest caucus within the Democratic Caucus. The CPC's immigration principles include: Allowing immigrants currently in the United States a pathway to seek earned legal status; and citizenship;..." (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Marriage: Do you support same-sex marriage? View Citations

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  • Jared Polis. Letter To The Honorable President Obama, Majority Leader Reid, Speaker Pelosi, Chairman Schumer, And Chairwoman Lofgren. 9 February 2010. "Currently, U.S. citizens and legal permanent residents may sponsor their spouses (and other immediate family members) for immigration purposes. But, same-sex partners committed to spending their lives together are not recognized as 'families' under U.S. immigration law and thus do not have this same right. As a result, tens of thousands of binational families are either already living separately, face imminent separation, or have left the U.S. entirely in order to remain together. This is unacceptable, and we believe comprehensive immigration reform legislation must include a strong family reunification component inclusive of LGBT families." (votesmart.org)
  • Jared Polis. Letter to Mr. Robert Mazzuca, Chief Scout Executive, Boy Scouts of America. 1 February 2010. "We write in response to the Boy Scouts of America's (BSA) recent rejection of Cate and Elizabeth Wirth, two mothers of a Scout, who applied to serve as parent volunteers. We call on the Boy Scouts to end its policy of discrimination and exclusion based solely on sexual orientation [¦] For a century, the Boy Scouts have united communities, instilled the value of public service, and encouraged civic participation among America's youth. Congress has repeatedly recognized the importance of the Boy Scouts in our communities with numerous honors, including a Congressional charter and, most recently, a resolution expressing support for February 8, 2010 as 'Boy Scouts of America Day.' As you celebrate the 100th Anniversary of the Boy Scouts of America, it is long past time that the Boy Scouts finally provide the opportunity for all Scouts, Leaders, and volunteers, to share in the joys of Scouting, regardless of sexual orientation." (votesmart.org)
  • Jared Polis. Issue Position: LGBT Equality & Civil Rights. 8 July 2011. "Equality before the law is an American value articulated in our Constitution. However, lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people today are denied many of the basic rights that most Americans enjoy and continue to be treated unfairly because of their sexual orientation or gender identity. [¦] With a focus on our nation's value of freedom and an unflagging insistence on equality for all, we can look forward to a time when equal rights for all, regardless of the sexual orientation or gender identity, is a given [...] I was shocked and disappointed to learn that President Obama chose to defend DOMA in federal court, especially given his campaign promise to call for a full repeal of DOMA. President Obama must honor his promise to repeal this law and end its divisive and harmful impact on our nation. I strongly oppose DOMA, and am working hard to repeal this discriminatory law." (votesmart.org)
  • Jared Polis. Letter To The Honorable President Obama, Majority Leader Reid, Speaker Pelosi, Chairman Schumer, And Chairwoman Lofgren. 9 February 2010. "Currently, U.S. citizens and legal permanent residents may sponsor their spouses (and other immediate family members) for immigration purposes. But, same-sex partners committed to spending their lives together are not recognized as "families" under U.S. immigration law and thus do not have this same right. As a result, tens of thousands of binational families are either already living separately, face imminent separation, or have left the U.S. entirely in order to remain together. This is unacceptable, and we believe comprehensive immigration reform legislation must include a strong family reunification component inclusive of LGBT families." (votesmart.org)
  • Gay & Lesbian Political Victory Fund. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Gay & Lesbian Political Victory Fund endorsed Jared Polis in the 2012 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Human Rights Campaign. 04/18/2012. "Jared Polis supported the interests of the Human Rights Campaign 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • American Family Association. 04/18/2012. "Jared Polis supported the interests of the American Family Association 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Jared Polis. HR 2965. 112th Congress. Don't Ask, Don't Tell Repeal Act. Jared Polis voted Yea on 12/15/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Gay & Lesbian Political Victory Fund. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Gay & Lesbian Political Victory Fund endorsed Jared Polis in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Jared Polis. Landmark Legislation to Repeal the Discriminatory Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) is Introduced. 16 March 2011. "Love and commitment are not owned by any one group," said Congressman Jared Polis. "Same-sex couples are only asking to be allowed to honor and protect the one they love with the blessing of their friends and family. By finally welcoming all Americans into the time-honored tradition of marriage, we all benefit. The Defense of Marriage Act is a war cry against an imagined foe. It is time to see the truth for what it is: we are all trying to live our lives with the ones we love." (votesmart.org)
  • Jared Polis. Polis Praises Overturn of CA's Gay Marriage Ban Prop 8. 4 August 2010. "I applaud Judge Walker's decision to overturn Proposition 8. No one should be denied the opportunity to choose his or her spouse. It is a basic human right. It is a deeply personal decision. Throughout history, our country has made great strides moving forward with equality and civil rights for all. Proposition 8 set this country back by attacking gay couples who only wanted to share lifelong obligations and responsibilities. It sent the wrong message to society, was unconstitutional and it deserved to be overturned." (votesmart.org)
  • Jared Polis. Letter to Mr. Robert Mazzuca, Chief Scout Executive, Boy Scouts of America. 1 February 2010. "We write in response to the Boy Scouts of America's (BSA) recent rejection of Cate and Elizabeth Wirth, two mothers of a Scout, who applied to serve as parent volunteers. We call on the Boy Scouts to end its policy of discrimination and exclusion based solely on sexual orientation [¦] For a century, the Boy Scouts have united communities, instilled the value of public service, and encouraged civic participation among America's youth. Congress has repeatedly recognized the importance of the Boy Scouts in our communities with numerous honors, including a Congressional charter and, most recently, a resolution expressing support for February 8, 2010 as "Boy Scouts of America Day". As you celebrate the 100th Anniversary of the Boy Scouts of America, it is long past time that the Boy Scouts finally provide the opportunity for all Scouts, Leaders, and volunteers, to share in the joys of Scouting, regardless of sexual orientation." (votesmart.org)
  • Jared Polis. Pelosi, Nadler, 130 House Members File Amicus Brief on Federal Case Against DOMA. 10 July 2012. "Heightened scrutiny applies: the brief agrees with Justice Department's position that lesbians and gay men are an identifiable minority group that lack sufficient political power to obtain the consistent and favorable treatment of lawmakers; as a result, they need the protection that heightened judicial review provides. Congress's treatment of gay men and lesbians illustrates that this group has been unable to prevent harmful laws or achieve desired policy results that directly impact their lives. Gay men and lesbians are a historically disfavored minority that has often been targeted for legislative action based on stereotypes and bias, making it inappropriate for courts to grant laws like DOMA the same presumption of validity afforded to most acts of Congress. Instead, laws that single out gay men and lesbians for harm warrant judicial skepticism and heightened review. This requires the government to show that Section 3 serves a significant federal interest, and even BLAG seems to concede that it loses under this standard. Even under rational basis as applied by the Supreme Court in cases where the rights of a minority are at stake, Section 3 is unconstitutional. Section 3 does not achieve, but undermines, the actual interests served by the programs that take marital status into account, and denying recognition to couples who already are married under state law does not rationally serve any of the reasons relied upon by Congress in 1996 or created in response to this litigation." (votesmart.org)
  • Jared Polis. Issue Position: Equal Rights. 8 July 2011. "Millions of Americans can't enjoy the legal protections of marriage because of their orientation. I believe that two committed adults of the same sex should be able to enjoy full marriage rights in the United States and that no federal, state, or local jurisdiction should be able to deny any of the benefits of the marriage to same-sex couples. The so-called "Defense of Marriage Act" must be repealed." (votesmart.org)
  • Jared Polis. Issue Position: LGBT Equality & Civil Rights. 8 July 2011. "Equality before the law is an American value articulated in our Constitution. However, lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people today are denied many of the basic rights that most Americans enjoy and continue to be treated unfairly because of their sexual orientation or gender identity. [¦] With a focus on our nation's value of freedom and an unflagging insistence on equality for all, we can look forward to a time when equal rights for all, regardless of the sexual orientation or gender identity, is a given.. [...] I was shocked and disappointed to learn that President Obama chose to defend DOMA in federal court, especially given his campaign promise to call for a full repeal of DOMA. President Obama must honor his promise to repeal this law and end its divisive and harmful impact on our nation. I strongly oppose DOMA, and am working hard to repeal this discriminatory law." (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer National Security: Do you support targeting suspected terrorists outside of official theaters of conflict? View Citations

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  • Jared Polis. Providing For Consideration Of House Concurrent Resolution 248, Afghanistan War Powers Resolution. 10 March 2010. "The correct and more important way to leverage American military might to combat this menace is to have targeted and aggressive intelligence-gathering and targeted special operations against the terrorists no matter where they are [¦] Some have expressed concerns that if we leave Afghanistan precipitously, al Qaeda could reassert itself there. The answer to that is to go after al Qaeda in a targeted way in Afghanistan if the need arises again. It is not to engage in an indefinite occupation of one or two particular countries [¦] We need to continue our effort to battle terrorists wherever they are and focus on this stateless menace through intelligence-gathering, targeted special operations and a refocused emphasis on homeland security, all of which a very costly and expensive effort in Afghanistan continues to reduce our ability to do by soaking up our national time and resources as well as costing the lives of American soldiers." (votesmart.org)
  • Jared Polis. Afghanistan War Powers Resolution. 17 March 2011. "There is a very real terrorist threat to our country that comes from the loosely knit al Qaeda terrorist network, but that threat does not emanate from Afghanistan. It does not emanate from any one particular nation-state. It is a stateless menace. They go wherever they're able to thrive on the lack of order. To effectively combat this menace, we need targeted special operations, we need aggressive intelligence gathering, and we need to make sure that we combat this menace wherever they are with the appropriate resources. Being bogged down, occupying one particular nation-state is a waste of resources and not the best way to keep the American people safe." (votesmart.org)
  • Jared Polis. Providing For Consideration Of House Concurrent Resolution 248, Afghanistan War Powers Resolution. 10 March 2010. "The correct and more important way to leverage American military might to combat this menace is to have targeted and aggressive intelligence-gathering and targeted special operations against the terrorists no matter where they are. [¦] Some have expressed concerns that if we leave Afghanistan precipitously, al Qaeda could reassert itself there. The answer to that is to go after al Qaeda in a targeted way in Afghanistan if the need arises again. It is not to engage in an indefinite occupation of one or two particular countries. [¦] We need to continue our effort to battle terrorists wherever they are and focus on this stateless menace through intelligence-gathering, targeted special operations and a refocused emphasis on homeland security, all of which a very costly and expensive effort in Afghanistan continues to reduce our ability to do by soaking up our national time and resources as well as costing the lives of American soldiers." (votesmart.org)
  • Jared Polis. Providing for Consideration of House Concurrent Resolution 301, Pakistan War Powers Resolution. 27 July 2010. "We need to continue our efforts to battle terrorists wherever they are. How to focus on this stateless menace? We need to use intelligence gathering, targeted special operations, and a refocused emphasis on homeland security. All these are very costly and expensive and are ongoing and an indefinite occupation of Afghanistan reduces our ability to do the things we need to do to keep the American people safe." (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Social Security: Do you support allowing individuals to divert a portion of their Social Security taxes into personal retirement accounts? View Citations

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  • Jared Polis. Full-Year Continuing Appropriations Act, 2011. 15 February 2011. "With cuts like these, Republican leadership has made it very clear that they're not interested in helping families to get ahead in this economy. Instead, they're holding our economic recovery and global competitiveness hostage in an attempt to meet an arbitrary spending goal, to appease the fringe of their party--the same people who advocate for cutting the Department of Education and privatizing social security." (votesmart.org)
  • Jared Polis. Issue Position: Retirement Security. 12 July 2011. "I oppose Bush's efforts to privatize Social Security. His plan to create private accounts for younger workers will only increase retirement uncertainty. Instead, I support securing Social Security's long-term stability and solvency. Rather than raiding the Trust Fund and mortgaging our future, we must strengthen Social Security by restoring fiscal responsibility." (votesmart.org)

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