Representative Erik Paulsen's Political Positions

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.

What is the Political Courage Test?

This candidate has demonstrated 0% courage during the test.

*Note: This percentage is calculated based on the number of issue areas addressed by the candidate on the Political Courage Test at the conclusion of the testing period. It does not indicate support or lack of support by Vote Smart.

Issue Positions

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

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  • 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)

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  • "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)

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  • "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)
  • "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)
  • "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)
  • Voted in favor of H.R.22 "Fixing America's Surface Transportation (FAST) Act" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/54470 (votesmart.org)

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  • "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)
  • 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)

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  • "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)

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  • "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)

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  • "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)
  • "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)

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  • 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)
  • "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)
  • "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)

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  • 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)

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  • "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)
  • 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)

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  • Voted in favor of H.R.5759 "Preventing Executive Overreach on Immigration Act of 2014" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/50625 (votesmart.org)

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  • 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)
  • Rated 0% by the Human Rights Campaign http://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/3833/erik-paulsen/76#.VZ0zlHUVhHw (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)

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  • "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)

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

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