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Erik Paulsen
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Erik Paulsen on Abortion
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  • Voted YES on banning federal health coverage that includes abortion. (May 2011)
  • Bar funding for abortion under federal Obamacare plans. (Jul 2010)
  • No taxpayer funding of abortions via ObamaCare. (Jan 2015)
  • Ban abortion after 20 weeks, except for maternal life. (May 2015)
Erik Paulsen on Budget & Economy
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  • Voted to cut $100 billion from US budget to spur economy. (Feb 2011)
  • Voted YES on prioritizing spending in case debt limit is reached. (May 2013)
  • Voted YES on terminating the Home Affordable mortgage Program. (Mar 2011)
  • Voted YES on $192B additional anti-recession stimulus spending. (Jul 2009)
  • Voted NO on modifying bankruptcy rules to avoid mortgage foreclosures. (Mar 2009)
  • Voted NO on additional $825 billion for economic recovery package. (Jan 2009)
  • Voted NO on monitoring TARP funds to ensure more mortgage relief. (Jan 2009)
  • Balanced Budget Amendment with 3/5 vote to override. (Jan 2009)
  • Member of the House Republican Economic Recovery Working Group. (Sep 2010)
  • Proposing a balanced budget amendment to the US Constitution. (Jan 2011)
  • Ban roadway signs indicating Recovery Act funding. (Dec 2011)
  • Disapprove of increasing the debt limit. (Jan 2012)
  • Audit the Federal Reserve & its actions on mortgage loans. (Feb 2013)
  • Sponsored bill to reclaim all bonuses paid to AIG executives. (Mar 2009)
Erik Paulsen on Civil Rights
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  • Voted YES on reauthorizing the Violence Against Women Act. (Feb 2013)
  • Don't elevate gender identity as a protected class. (May 2016)
  • Constitutionally prohibit flag desecration. (May 2009)
Erik Paulsen on Corporations
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  • Voted YES on workforce training by state block grants & industry partners. (Mar 2013)
  • Voted NO on letting shareholders vote on executive compensation. (Jul 2009)
  • Voted YES on more funding for nanotechnology R&D and commercialization. (Jul 2009)
  • Repeal ObamaCare reporting requirements for small business. (Jan 2011)
  • Rated 14% by UFCW, indicating a pro-management voting record. (May 2012)
  • Regulatory relief for smaller banks stimulates growth. (Mar 2018)
  • Reduce corporate tax rates from 35% to 21% to create jobs. (Nov 2017)
Erik Paulsen on Crime
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  • Authored law for DNA database for all felony arrests. (Nov 2008)
  • Voted NO on enforcing against anti-gay hate crimes. (Apr 2009)
  • Sponsored facilitating recovering crime victim restitution fees. (Apr 2011)
  • First step: reduce recidivism & mass incarceration. (Dec 2018)
  • Rated 77% by the NAPO, indicating a tough-on-crime stance. (Dec 2014)
Erik Paulsen on Drugs
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  • Rated D by NORML, indicating a "hard-on-drugs" stance. (Nov 2016)
  • Voted YES on combatting epidemic of synthetic drugs. (Jun 2018)
Erik Paulsen on Education
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  • Voted YES on reauthorizing the DC opportunity scholarship program. (Mar 2011)
  • Voted NO on $40B for green public schools. (May 2009)
  • A-PLUS lets states escape No Child Left Behind. (Jul 2015)
  • Vouchers break link of low-income and low-quality schools. (Oct 2015)
Erik Paulsen on Energy & Oil
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  • Voted YES on opening Outer Continental Shelf to oil drilling. (May 2011)
  • Voted YES on barring EPA from regulating greenhouse gases. (Apr 2011)
  • Voted NO on enforcing limits on CO2 global warming pollution. (Jun 2009)
  • Bar greenhouse gases from Clean Air Act rules. (Jan 2009)
  • Voted YES on banning offshore oil drilling in Gulf of Mexico. (Jul 2016)
Erik Paulsen on Environment
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  • Voted NO on $2 billion more for Cash for Clunkers program. (Jul 2009)
  • Voted NO on protecting free-roaming horses and burros. (Jul 2009)
  • Make tax deduction permanent for conservation easements. (Mar 2009)
  • Regulate all dog breeders down to kennels of 50 dogs. (Feb 2011)
  • Rated 50% by HSLF, indicating a mixed voting record on animal welfare. (Jan 2012)
  • Voted YES to require GMO labeling. (Jun 2016)
  • Loosen restrictions on predator control in Alaska. (Feb 2017)
Erik Paulsen on Families & Children
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  • Voted NO on four weeks of paid parental leave for federal employees. (Jun 2009)
Erik Paulsen on Foreign Policy
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  • Authored Chinese Mandarin curriculum program for schools. (Nov 2008)
  • Voted NO on supporting democratic institutions in Pakistan. (Jun 2009)
  • Rated -2 by AAI, indicating a anti-Arab anti-Palestine voting record. (May 2012)
  • Condemn China's organ harvesting from Falun Gong prisoners. (Jul 2014)
  • Cut World Bank funding to enforce against terrorism. (Jan 2018)
  • Commitment to unbreakable U.S.-Israel bond. (Mar 2010)
Erik Paulsen on Free Trade
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  • Rated 63% by the USAE, indicating a mixed record on trade. (Dec 2012)
Erik Paulsen on Government Reform
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  • Voted NO on Senate pay raise. (Jun 2009)
  • Ban stock trading based on Congressional insider knowledge. (Nov 2011)
  • Prohibit IRS audits targeting Tea Party political groups. (Jan 2014)
Erik Paulsen on Gun Control
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Erik Paulsen on Health Care
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  • Voted YES on the Ryan Budget: Medicare choice, tax & spending cuts. (Apr 2011)
  • Voted YES on repealing the "Prevention and Public Health" slush fund. (Apr 2011)
  • Voted YES on regulating tobacco as a drug. (Apr 2009)
  • Voted YES on expanding the Children's Health Insurance Program. (Jan 2009)
  • Sponsored merging Alzheimers diagnosis and care benefit. (Apr 2013)
  • Religious exemption from ObamaCare individual mandate. (Mar 2015)
  • Fully repealing ObamaCare is important, but not sufficient. (Feb 2015)
Erik Paulsen on Homeland Security
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  • Voted YES on extending the PATRIOT Act's roving wiretaps. (Feb 2011)
  • $515B for military plus $89B off sequester for wars. (Apr 2015)
  • Military spouses don't lose voting residency while abroad. (Feb 2009)
Erik Paulsen on Immigration
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  • Voted YES to ban DREAMer immigrants from military service. (Jun 2016)
Erik Paulsen on Jobs
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  • Voted YES on allowing compensatory time off for working overtime. (Apr 2013)
  • Rated 100% by CEI, indicating a pro-workplace choice voting record. (May 2012)
Erik Paulsen on Principles & Values
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  • 2008: Succeeded Rep. Jim Ramstad after serving as his aide. (Sep 2010)
  • Served in Minnesota House of Representatives since 1994. (Nov 2008)
  • Member of the House Republican Young Guns. (Sep 2010)
  • Endorsed Endorsed by Donald Trump/MAGA during presidency. (Nov 2018)
Erik Paulsen on Social Security
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  • Rated 6% by ARA, indicating a pro-privatization stance. (Jan 2013)
Erik Paulsen on Tax Reform
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  • Taxpayer Protection Pledge: no new taxes. (Aug 2010)
  • No European-style VAT (value-added tax). (May 2010)
  • Member of House Ways and Means Committee. (Mar 2011)
  • Supports the Taxpayer Protection Pledge. (Jan 2012)
  • Death Tax is a pernicious double tax. (Apr 2015)
Erik Paulsen on Technology
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  • Voted YES on protecting cyber security by sharing data with government. (Apr 2013)
  • Voted YES on terminating funding for National Public Radio. (Mar 2011)
  • Voted NO on delaying digital TV conversion by four months. (Mar 2009)
  • Award research grants based on national interest. (Feb 2016)
  • Prohibit the return of the Fairness Doctrine. (Jan 2009)
  • No performance royalties for radio music. (Mar 2009)
Erik Paulsen on War & Peace
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  • Voted YES on banning armed forces in Libya without Congressional approval. (Jun 2011)
  • Voted NO on removing US armed forces from Afghanistan. (Mar 2011)
  • Boycott & sanctions against Iran for terrorism & nukes. (May 2011)
  • Iranian nuclear weapons: prevention instead of containment. (Mar 2012)
  • Aid the Syrian opposition with training & equipment. (Sep 2014)
  • Sanctions on Iran to end nuclear program. (Apr 2009)
Erik Paulsen on Welfare & Poverty
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  • Voted YES on maintaining work requirement for welfare recipients. (Mar 2013)
  • Voted NO on instituting National Service as a new social invention. (Mar 2009)
  • Voted YES for housing vouchers for recovering drug addicts. (Jun 2018)
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