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Erik Paulsen's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Office: U.S. House (MN) - District 3, Republican
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Erik Paulsen has refused to provide voters with positions on key issues covered by the 2016 Political Courage Test, despite repeated requests. Historically, candidates have failed to complete our test due to the advice they receive from their parties and advisors and out of fear of negative attack ads. Erik Paulsen is still welcome to submit the test at any time.

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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 2016, are provided below as a courtesy to voters.

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

Vote Smart's Research

  • Rated 0% by Planned Parenthood http://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/3833/erik-paulsen/2 (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of H.R. 7 "No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/46477#.VZxXrXUVhHw (votesmart.org)
No 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

  • "Growing jobs starts with tax reform for individuals, families, and businesses. We need to make the tax code simpler, fairer, and more competitive to strengthen our economy." https://paulsen.house.gov/revitalizing-our-economy/ (paulsen.house.gov)
  • "Congress seems to have forgotten that economic growth is the foundation on which we pay for solutions to other problems. Instead, Congress wants to spend and tax more." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/365629/issue-position-keeping-our-economy-strong#.VZxX-XUVhHw (votesmart.org)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Crime: Do you support mandatory minimum sentences for non-violent drug offenders? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Despite exhaustive research, Project Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Economy: Do you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "For far too long, Congress has spent money it doesn't have without any regard for the future. In fact, in just first my 60 days in office, I voted against $1.5 trillion in deficit spending." https://paulsen.house.gov/restoring-fiscal-discipline/ (paulsen.house.gov)
  • "Families and small businesses in the Third District are making sacrifices and cutting costs, and it is time for Congress to do the same. You can rest assured I will continue fighting for fiscally responsible policies to shrink, not grow, our debt." https://paulsen.house.gov/restoring-fiscal-discipline/ (paulsen.house.gov)
  • "Anyone who lives, works or travels in the Third District understands the great transportation needs we have […] I worked hard to secure this funding in order to reduce congestion, improve economic opportunities and increase safety. I'm pleased these critical projects were passed by the House, and I hope the Senate will also recognize the importance of keeping these projects moving." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/443296/paulsen-secures-funding-for-critical-transportation-improvements-in-3rd-district (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of H.R.22 "Fixing America's Surface Transportation (FAST) Act" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/54470 (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support lowering taxes as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Voted in favor of H.R. 636 "America's Small Business Tax Relief Act of 2015" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/51297#.VZV_GvlViko (votesmart.org)
  • "Growing jobs starts with tax reform for individuals, families, and businesses. We need to make the tax code simpler, fairer, and more competitive to strengthen our economy." https://paulsen.house.gov/revitalizing-our-economy/ (paulsen.house.gov)
No Inferred Answer Education: Do you generally support requiring states to adopt federal education standards? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "I strongly support local control of education decisions. Our local school boards, superintendents, teachers and parents – not bureaucrats in Washington – know how to best educate our students." https://paulsen.house.gov/education/ (paulsen.house.gov)
  • "Our children will no longer compete with children across the street, but with children across the globe. We need to ensure that our education system is accountable to students, parents, teachers, and the taxpayer." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/915662/issue-position-educating-tomorrows-leaders#.VZxZUnUVhHw (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Energy: Do you support building the Keystone XL pipeline? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "After six years of obstruction and delays, it’s time to build the Keystone pipeline." https://paulsen.house.gov/press-releases/paulsen-votes-to-approve-the-keystone-xl-pipeline1/ (paulsen.house.gov)
  • Voted in favor of S.1 "A Bill to Approve the Keystone XL Pipeline" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/50944#.VZV9i_lViko (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Energy: Do you support government funding for the development of renewable energy (e.g. solar, wind, thermal)? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "A comprehensive energy plan should be guided by the following principles: Promote the use of new, clean and reliable sources of energy like wind, solar and nuclear." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/570617/issue-position-energy-environment#.VZ0voHUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "We must diversify our domestic energy supply and encourage the use of clean, renewable energy sources like wind, solar, nuclear and biofuels." https://paulsen.house.gov/energy-and-the-environment/ (paulsen.house.gov)
No Inferred Answer Environment: Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Voted in favor of S.J.Res.23 "A Joint Resolution Providing for Congressional Disapproval Under Chapter 8 of Title 5, United States Code, of a Rule Submitted by the Environmental Protection Agency Relating to 'Standards of Performance for Greenhouse Gas Emissions from New, Modified, and Reconstructed Stationary Sources: Electric Utility Generating Units' " http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/54616 (votesmart.org)
  • "We also need to reduce our carbon emissions but we cannot do so at the expense of jobs and raising prices on working families. We need to craft aggressive, yet realistic, goals that will allow us to reduce emissions, strengthen our environment and create jobs." https://paulsen.house.gov/energy-and-the-environment/ (paulsen.house.gov)
  • "Included in the energy package are initiatives to establish a national comprehensive energy plan by reviewing America's energy needs and establishing targets for all types of energy production on federal lands to meet those needs. In addition it will bring down roadblocks to American energy production by putting a stop to burdensome new regulations, and streamlining and reforming the permitting process to facilitate increased energy development." http://votesmart.org/candidate/political-courage-test/3833/erik-paulsen/#.VZqkjflViko (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Guns: Do you generally support gun-control legislation? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Voted in favor of H.Amdt.1098 "Prohibits District of Columbia from Implementing Certain Firearm Laws" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/49464 (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 93% by National Rifle Association http://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/3833/erik-paulsen/37 (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Health Care: Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act ("Obamacare")? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Voted in favor of H.R. 596 "Repeal of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and Health Care-Related Provisions in the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/51284#.VZV-X_lViko (votesmart.org)
  • "The new health care law should be repealed and replaced with bipartisan, common sense solutions to reign in skyrocketing costs, improve quality and expand access – without breaking the bank." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/559501/issue-position-health-care#.VZqmrPlViko (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Immigration: Do you support requiring immigrants who are unlawfully present to return to their country of origin before they are eligible for citizenship? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Voted in favor of H.R.5759 "Preventing Executive Overreach on Immigration Act of 2014" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/50625 (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Marriage: Do you support same-sex marriage? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Voted in favor of H. Amdt.1416 "Prohibits Use of Funds in Contravention with the Defense of Marriage Act" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/39854 (votesmart.org)
  • "As a state legislator, Paulsen supported a constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/378997/minnesota-public-radio-minn-3rd-district-candidates-debate#.VhbNe3UViko (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 0% by the Human Rights Campaign http://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/3833/erik-paulsen/76#.VZ0zlHUVhHw (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer National Security: Do you support increased American intervention in Iraq and Syria beyond air support? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "I supported the amendment to train and equip elements of the Syrian opposition to fight ISIL with significant reservations, but felt it necessary to provide the President with this limited and short-term authority." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/930542/paulsen-statement-on-amendment-to-train-and-equip-syrian-opposition (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

Vote Smart's Research

  • "Erik strongly opposes privatization of Social Security!" http://votesmart.org/public-statement/389363/issue-position-protecting-seniors#.VZ04JnUVhHw (votesmart.org)

Key

Candidate Answer

Official Position: Candidate had the Political Courage to address this issue directly.

Inferred Answer

Inferred Position: Candidate refused to address this issue directly, but Project Vote Smart inferred this issue position based on the candidate's public statements, voting record, and evaluations from special interest groups.

Unknown Answer

Unknown Position: Candidate refused to address this issue.

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Other or Expanded Principles & Legislative Priorities are entered exactly as the candidate has submitted it. Project Vote Smart does not edit for misspelled words, punctuation or grammar.

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