Jared PolisThe Colorado delegation split within party ranks on the final congressional vote to pass the $1.1 trillion spending bill.

Voting in favor where Democratic U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet, and U.S. Reps. Diana DeGette and Ed Perlmutter, along with Republican U.S. Sen. Cory Gardner and U.S. Rep. Mike Coffman.

Voting no were Republican Reps. Scott Tipton, Ken Buck, Doug Lamborn, and Democrat Jared Polis.

House Republicans were clearly unhappy with the bill, 95 voted against it because it busted budget caps across the board. But only 18 House Democrats voted no – here’s the complete list offered by Polis as to why he was one of them.

Polis didn’t want tax breaks for NASCAR or horse owners, funding for food inspections for catfish, or sugar subsidies.

He was against funding to continue the war on terror, protect oil reserves in an emergency, money to uphold state marijuana laws, but no money to teach teachers how to incorporate technology in the classroom.

Finally, Polis said without explanation that measures to secure cyber space instead spied on Americans.


Polis says he only had a few hours to review the 2,342-page bill, and by the looks of the compact sheeting, it appears he only got through the first few pages to find these excuses.