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  • Paulsen Invites Hamel Business to Appear Before Ways and Means Tax Panel

    Philip Homan of Loram Maintenance of Way, Inc., testifies to benefits of tax reform
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  • Lawmakers Urge Medical Device Exemption from Tariffs

    Paulsen, Peters lead bipartisan letter to Lighthizer with the support of 40 lawmakers from both parties
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  • Paulsen Opioid Addiction Bill Clears Key Committee

    Legislation aims to educate seniors about the dangers of opioid addiction
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  • Paulsen Introduces Bipartisan Bill to Address Gun Violence

    Jake Laird Act encourages states to enact gun violence restraining order laws
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  • Paulsen Statement on Iran Deal Decision

    Congressman Erik Paulsen (MN-03) today issued the following statement after the President announced the withdrawal of the United States from the Iran Nuclear Deal:
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  • At Paulsen's Invitation, Minn. Health Care Co. Talks Medical Innovation Before Key House Panel

    Becki Hafner-Fogarty, M.D., of Minneapolis' Zipnosis, Inc. appears before Ways and Means' Health Subcommittee to discuss groundbreaking telemedicine practice
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  • Paulsen Urges Minnesotans to Participate in National Drug Take Back Day

    Sites across Minnesota will be available this Saturday, April 28th to safely dispose of prescription medications
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  • On Tax Day, Paulsen's Taxpayer Identity Theft Bill Sails Through House

    Bipartisan measure authored by Paulsen & Rep. Suzan DelBene expands taxpayer Identity Protection PIN (IP PIN) program
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  • Before Congress, Minnesota Job Creator Affirms Success of Tax Reform

    Richard Hampton of Circuit Interruption Technologies Inc. in Rogers appears before Paulsen's Joint Economic Committee
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  • Paulsen-Payne Measure Protects Quality of Life for Prostate Cancer Survivors

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  • Bipartisan Paulsen/DelBene ID Theft Prevention Bill Clears Key Committee Hurdle

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  • Paulsen Statement on Nomination of Judge Erica H. MacDonald as U.S. Attorney for Minnesota

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  • Paulsen Statement on Administration's Liberian DED Decision

    "This is a reprieve for thousands of Minnesota Liberians who faced the end of DED protection in just a few days,"said Congressman Paulsen.
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  • Paulsen Bill Protects Taxpayers, Helps Prevent Tax Identity Theft

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  • Paulsen Stands Up for Minnesota Job Creators & Free Trade, Questions Administration Trade Policy

    Congressman Erik Paulsen (MN-03) made waves yesterday in a hearing of the House Ways and Means Committee with U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer.
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  • Paulsen Praises Senate Passage of Key Bipartisan Anti-Trafficking Bill

    Approval of Stop Enabling Sex Traffickers Act comes hours after Minnesota online sex trafficking sting
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  • Paulsen, Minnesota Delegation Continues Fight for Liberian DED Protection

    Congressman Erik Paulsen (MN-03) today joined Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) and other members of the Minnesota delegation to urge the President to extend Deferred Enforced Departure (DED) protections for Liberians, currently scheduled to expire at the end of March.
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  • Paulsen Urges FDA's Gottlieb to Act on Groundbreaking Flu Drug

    Congressman Paulsen urged FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb last week to direct the FDA to research the safety and effectiveness of Xofluza, an innovative influenza treatment that has the potential to kill the flu virus in as little as a day. The drug, which has the generic name of baloxavir marboxil, has received fast-track approval in Japan and could be available to consumers there as early as May.
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  • Paulsen-Supported Initiative to Bring Down Websites Facilitating Human Trafficking Passes House

    Congressman Erik Paulsen (MN-03) issued the following statement regarding the House's passage of the Allow States and Victims to Fight Online Sex Trafficking Act, or FOSTA:
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  • Paulsen Initiative to Suspend Medical Device Tax Becomes Law, Boosting Minnesota Med-Tech Jobs and Access to Life-Saving Devices

    Congressman Erik Paulsen (MN-03) toured Cardiovascular Systems, Inc. in St. Paul this morning and heard firsthand how the recently-signed two-year suspension of the medical device tax will help small and mid-sized manufacturers grow and help improve access to these life-saving devices for patients. He was joined by members of the medical device manufacturing community throughout Minnesota.
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  • Paulsen Statement on the Nominations of Eric Tostrud, Nancy Brasel to U.S. District Court of Minnesota

    Congressman Erik Paulsen (MN-03) issued the following statement regarding the administration's announcement of two nominees as District Judges to the United States District Court for the District of Minnesota, Minneapolis attorney and law professor Eric Tostrud and Hennepin County District Judge Nancy Brasel:
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  • Paulsen-Led Initiatives Included in Two-Year Budget Deal

    Health Care Policies Will Help Minnesota Children and Seniors
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  • Paulsen, Guthrie, Cárdenas, Blumenauer Lead Effort to Secure Medicare Advantage

    Congressman Erik Paulsen (MN-03), along with Congressman Brett Guthrie (KY-02), Congressmen Tony Cárdenas (CA-29), and Congressman Earl Blumenauer (OR-03), recently wrote to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to urge support for the Medicare Advantage program, which provides care to nearly 19 million seniors and individuals with disabilities.
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  • Paulsen Statement on the President's State of the Union Address

    Congressman Erik Paulsen (MN-03) issued the following statement regarding tonight's State of the Union address to Congress from the President:
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  • Paulsen Applauds Senate's Confirmation of Minnesota Justice Stras to the Court of Appeals

    Congressman Erik Paulsen (MN-03) issued the following statement regarding the Senate's confirmation of Associate Justice of the Minnesota Supreme Court David Stras for his nomination to the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit by a 56-42 vote:
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  • Paulsen Backs Initiative to Protect Amateur Athletes following USA Gymnastics Scandal

    Congressman Erik Paulsen (MN-03) issued the following statement regarding Congress passing the Protecting Young Victims from Sexual Abuse and Safe Sport Authorization Act:
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  • Paulsen, Kind Introduce Legislation to Improve Life-Saving Treatment and Access to Stem Cells in Cord Blood

    Congressman Erik Paulsen (MN-03) and Congressman Ron Kind (WI-03) have introduced the Family Cord Blood Banking Act to help families access cord and placental blood and tissue banking services. This initiative would make the collection and storage costs a qualified medical expense under health savings accounts (HSAs) and flexible spending accounts (FSAs).
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  • Paulsen Statement on Reopening the Government

    Congressman Erik Paulsen (MN-03) released the following statement after Congress voted to end the government shutdown and fund the federal government through Thursday, February 8:
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  • Paulsen Initiative Suspending Medical Device Tax Passes in Funding Package

    Also Includes Children's Health Insurance Program Reauthorization
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  • Paulsen Named Chairman of Joint Economic Committee

    Congressman Erik Paulsen (MN-03) released the following statement upon appointment by Speaker Paul D. Ryan as chairman of the Joint Economic Committee (JEC):
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  • Paulsen's Provision to Bolster Minnesota Craft Brewer Jobs Signed into Law

    Congressman Erik Paulsen (MN-03) led a press conference at Insight Brewing in Minneapolis this afternoon about how the recently-signed Tax Reform and Jobs Act will help independent and small brewers in Minnesota grow and expand. He was joined by members of the Minnesota Craft Brewers Guild and spoke to craft brewers and craft beer enthusiasts from throughout the state.
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  • Paulsen Bill to Help Small and Local Craft Breweries Included in Tax Reform

    Congressman Erik Paulsen (MN-03) released the following statement regarding the inclusion of the Craft Beverage Modernization and Tax Reform Act in the tax reform package passed by Congress:
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  • Paulsen Statement on Passage of Once-in-a-Generation Tax Reform

    Congressman Erik Paulsen (MN-03) released the following statement regarding the historic passage of H.R. 1, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act:
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  • Paulsen, Moore Introduce Legislation to Help Trafficking Victims, Invest in Resources and Training

    Congressman Erik Paulsen (MN-03) and Congresswoman Gwen Moore (WI-04) introduced the Trafficking Victims Protection Act to promote justice and services for trafficking survivors. This legislation encourages federal agencies to promptly report data on human trafficking offenses to the FBI and requires the Department of Homeland Security to submit an annual assessment on trends from human trafficking investigations. It also further improves training for law enforcement personnel by promoting a victim-centered approach to combating human trafficking.
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  • Paulsen Urges Further Delay of Medical Device Tax

    Congressman Erik Paulsen (MN-03) released the following statement regarding the introduction of a five-year delay to the medical device tax. This legislation, H.R. 4617, would repeal the 2.3 percent excise tax included in President Obama's health care law that applies to the sale of medical device products.
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  • Paulsen Congratulates Edina HS Student for Winning Congressional App Challenge

    Congressman Erik Paulsen (MN-03) announced the winner of the 2017 Congressional App Challenge, congratulating Jack Hong, a student at Edina High School. Jack created an app called Pomo Timer, which helps students enhance their productivity by blocking distracting websites on the user's computer for short periods of time.
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  • Paulsen Votes to Protect Boundary Waters

    Congressman Erik Paulsen (MN-03) released the following statement regarding his opposition to H.R. 3905, which threatens Minnesota's Boundary Waters Canoe Area by not providing it with the same environmental protections that other National Forests receive. The legislation also tosses aside more than 100,000 public comments and stops a current environmental review of copper-sulfide mining. And, it would weaken the Antiquities Act, a conservation tool used on a bipartisan basis by 16 presidents since 1906 to protect our nation's history.
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  • Paulsen: Justice Stras One Step Closer to Serving Minnesotans on the Bench

    Congressman Erik Paulsen (MN-03) issued the following statement regarding today's Senate Judiciary Committee confirmation hearing of Associate Justice of the Minnesota Supreme Court David Stras for his nomination to the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit.
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  • Paulsen Statement on the House Passage of Historic Tax Reform

    Congressman Erik Paulsen (MN-03) released the following statement following the historic passage of H.R. 1, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, the first major tax reform legislation in more than three decades out of the House of Representatives
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  • Paulsen Statement on Passage of Historic Tax Reform Out of Committee

    Congressman Erik Paulsen (MN-03) released the following statement following the historic passage of the first major tax reform legislation in more than three decades out of the Ways and Means Committee:
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  • Paulsen, Kind, Blackburn, and Matsui Applaud Agreement to Repeal Harmful Medicare Therapy Cap

    Congressman Erik Paulsen (MN-03), Congressman Ron Kind (WI-03), Congresswoman Marsha Blackburn (TN-07), and Congresswoman Doris Matsui (CA-06) released the following statements welcoming the bipartisan agreement by the Ways and Means Committee and the Energy and Commerce Committee to permanently remove Medicare's cap on outpatient therapy. This agreement is based on the Medicare Access to Rehabilitation Services Act, introduced by the aforementioned Representatives earlier this year, which ensures seniors receive the care that they need.
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  • Paulsen Applauds Appointment of Brad Finstad as Minnesota State Director for the USDA Office of Rural Development

    Congressman Paulsen (MN-03) issued the following statement on President Trump's appointments of two Minnesotans to key agriculture positions. Brad Finstad, the CEO of the Center for Rural Policy and Development, was named the Minnesota State Director for the USDA Office of Rural Development; and Joe Martin, former Assistant Commissioner of the Minnesota Department of Agriculture, was named Farm Service Agency Director.
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  • Paulsen Statement on Release of Once-in-a-Generation Tax Reform Bill

    After months of meetings and hearings on fixing the broken tax code, Congressman Erik Paulsen (MN-03) joined his colleagues in announcing a new tax reform bill, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, that will grow the American economy with bigger paychecks and more jobs.
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  • Paulsen Promotes Tax Reform to Ignite Startups and Entrepreneurs during JEC Hearing

    At a Joint Economic Committee hearing titled "The Startup Slump: Can Tax Reform Help Revive Entrepreneurship?," Congressman Paulsen (MN-03) emphasized the importance of tax reform and how it could boost the economy by creating an environment that encourages entrepreneurs.
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  • Paulsen Statement on Tax Reform Framework

    Congressman Erik Paulsen (MN-03) released the following statement regarding the announcement of a new tax reform framework:
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  • Congressman Paulsen Holds Extended Office Hours

    Congressman Erik Paulsen is holding extended office hours to accommodate additional meetings with constituents at his Eden Prairie Office.
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  • Paulsen Honors Fallen Wayzata Officer Mathews on House Floor

    Congressman Paulsen (MN-03) honored fallen Wayzata officer William Mathews on the House floor on Wednesday night. Officer Mathews, 47, was tragically struck last Friday while removing hazardous debris from Highway 12.
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  • Paulsen Co-Chairs Bipartisan JEC Hearing on Digital Trade featuring Minnesota Small Business Owner

    At a Joint Economic Committee hearing titled "The Dynamic Gains from Free Digital Trade from the U.S. Economy," Congressman Paulsen (MN-03) emphasized the importance of digital trade. As co-founder and co-chair of the Digital Trade Caucus, the Congressman is an advocate in ensuring that the United States continues to be a leader in the free flow of digital commerce.
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  • Paulsen Statement on the Nomination of Justice Stras to Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals

    Congressman Paulsen (MN-03) released the following statement regarding the decision by Minnesota's senators not to move forward with Supreme Court Justice David Stras's hearing for his nomination to the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals:
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  • Paulsen Statement on DACA

    Congressman Paulsen (MN-03) released the following statement regarding the administration's announcement about the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program:
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  • ICYMI: Paulsen Commentary on the Importance of Moving Forward with Justice Stras' Confirmation Featured in Star Tribune

    Commentary authored by Congressman Erik Paulsen (MN-03) about the importance of moving forward with the confirmation of Minnesota Supreme Court Justice David Stras to the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the Eight Circuit was featured in today's edition of the Star Tribune. The column, which can be found here, explains why Minnesota's two Democratic senators should return their blue slips rather than "partisan game-playing… [that is] keeping an outstanding legal mind off the Eight Circuit court." As explained in his commentary, Justice Stras has widespread bipartisan support from a diverse group of judges, attorneys, and law professors and has proven his qualifications through an impressive legal career.
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  • Congressman Paulsen Holds Extended Office Hours

    Congressman Paulsen Holds Extended Office Hours
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  • Paulsen Hosts Roundtable to Improve Health Care for Seniors

    Congressman Paulsen (MN-03) hosted a Health Care Providers Roundtable on Tuesday as part of an effort to eliminate red-tape bureaucracy in Medicare that stands in the way of delivering better care for seniors. Minnesota doctors, nurses, clinicians, and other health care professionals–including Care Providers of Minnesota, the Mayo Clinic, Zipnosis, Novu Health, Life Science Alley, and others–all identified burdensome rules that are increasing the cost of Medicare.
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  • Paulsen Statement on the Dar Al-Farooq Islamic Center and the Ongoing Investigation

    Congressman Paulsen (MN-03) released the following statement regarding the events at the Dar Al-Farooq Islamic Center in Bloomington on Saturday morning:
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  • Paulsen Announces 2017 Congressional App Challenge for Students

    Congressman Paulsen (MN-03) is excited to announce that Minnesota's Third Congressional District will be participating in the third Congressional App Challenge, an app competition for students in high school and below.
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  • Paulsen Pushes New Idea to Make College More Affordable and Accessible

    On the floor of the House of Representatives, Congressman Paulsen (MN-03) spoke on addressing the student-debt crisis by expanding access to higher education. One method is through encouraging income-share agreements, or ISAs. Through ISAs, students pay back a small portion of their loan depending on their income only if they are employed and receiving an income that meets a certain threshold. Rather than have to keep up with fixed, high-interest payments, which can be particularly stressful amid job uncertainty for recent graduates and pressure them to take jobs just to repay their loans, the freedom and flexibility that ISAs provide students allows them to pursue careers that put their degrees in to practice.
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  • Paulsen Emphasizes Digital Trade as Part of NAFTA Modernization at Hearing

    In a House Ways and Means Subcommittee on Trade hearing, Congressman Paulsen (MN-03) spoke on the importance of including digital trade provisions in North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) modernization efforts to better reflect the rapidly changing economy. As the co-chair of the Congressional Digital Trade Caucus, Paulsen and co-chair Congresswoman Suzan DelBene (WA-01) are sending a letter to the administration highlighting areas of digital trade that should be prioritized in future negotiations.
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  • Paulsen Backs Three Initiatives to Combat Human Trafficking

    Congressman Paulsen (MN-03) cosponsored bipartisan legislation and supported two more initiatives to combat human trafficking, support and protect victims, and strengthen law enforcement. This is in addition to the 13 bipartisan anti-human trafficking initiatives already passed by the House this year. The most recent legislation includes:
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  • Warner, Heller, Paulsen, & Crowley Reintroduce Bipartisan Legislation to Encourage Stock Options for Employees of Startups & Privately-Held Firms

    U.S. Sens. Mark R. Warner (D-VA) and Dean Heller (R-NV), members of the Senate Finance Committee, along with Reps. Erik Paulsen (R-MN) and Joseph Crowley (D-NY), members of the House Ways and Means Committee, reintroduced bipartisan and bicameral legislation today that would make it easier for startups and businesses to give employees an ownership stake in their company's success by awarding stock options. Similar legislation was previously introduced in the 114th Congress.
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  • Paulsen Promotes Robust U.S. Trade Agenda, including Digital Trade and Medical Innovation, with USTR Robert Lighthizer

    In a House Ways and Means Committee hearing with United States Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer, Congressman Paulsen (MN-03) spoke about the importance of promoting a robust trade agenda. As the co-chair of the Congressional Digital Trade Caucus, Paulsen highlighted the rapidly changing economy and emphasized the need for American trade policy to modernize along with it. He also encouraged Lighthizer to ensure that U.S. trade policy encourages medical innovation that benefits American businesses and workers.
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  • Paulsen at JEC Hearing: From Prince to Your Neighbor Down the Street, Opioid Abuse Affects Everyone

    At a Joint Economic Committee Hearing entitled "Economic Aspects of the Opioid Crisis," Congressman Erik Paulsen (MN-03) discussed what can be done to address the impacts of opioid abuse. He emphasized that this epidemic does not discriminate and affects people from all walks of life, including music legend Prince, who passed away last year from fentanyl at his Chanhassen home, as well as a mother from Maple Grove, who spoke with the Congressman recently about her son's death from acrylfentanyl.
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  • House Passes Three Paulsen-Backed Initiatives to Protect Children from Exploitation

    As part of Combating Trafficking and Child Protection Week in Congress, the House of Representatives passed several initiatives to fight child abuse and exploitation, including three bipartisan pieces of legislation cosponsored by Congressman Erik Paulsen (MN-03). Those initiatives include:
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  • Paulsen, Quigley Reintroduce Bipartisan Immigration Bill Encouraging American Innovation

    Congressman Erik Paulsen (MN-03) and Congressman Mike Quigley (IL-05) introduced the bipartisan Stopping Trained in America Ph.D.s from Leaving the Economy (STAPLE) Act, which would exempt foreign-born individuals who have earned an American Ph.D. in science, technology, engineering, or mathematics (STEM) from the limits on the number of employment-based green cards and H-1B visas awarded annually.
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  • Paulsen: Modernizing the Tax Code to Encourage Entrepreneurship is a Priority

    In a House Ways and Means Committee hearing with Treasury Steven Mnuchin, Congressman Paulsen (MN-03) spoke on the importance of tax reform to encourage entrepreneurs and startups to help grow the economy:
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  • Paulsen: Small Businesses Will Benefit from Reforming Our Broken Tax Code

    In a House Ways and Means Committee hearing titled "How Tax Reform Will Grow Our Economy and Create Jobs," Congressman Paulsen (MN-03) spoke on the positive impact tax reform will have for American companies, especially small businesses looking for stability and certainty in the tax code:
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  • Paulsen Statement on the Firing of FBI Director Comey

    Today, Congressman Paulsen (MN-03) released the following statement regarding the firing of FBI Director James Comey:
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  • Paulsen Applauds Nomination of Justice Stras to 8th Circuit Appeals Court

    Congressman Erik Paulsen (MN-03) praised the nomination of Associate Justice of the Minnesota Supreme Court David Stras to the United State Court of Appeals for the Eight Circuit. Last month, Congressman Paulsen sent two letters, along with Congressman Tom Emmer (MN-06) and Congressman Jason Lewis (MN-02), to the Trump administration recommending Justice Stras.
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  • Paulsen Statement on the House Passage of Health Care Legislation

    Congressman Erik Paulsen (MN-03) released the following statement on the passage of the American Health Care Act:
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  • Paulsen Statement on the House Passage of the Omnibus Appropriations Bill

    Congressman Erik Paulsen (MN-03) released the following statement on the passage of omnibus appropriations legislation:
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  • Paulsen, DelBene Launch Bipartisan Digital Trade Caucus

    The Caucus will engage lawmakers and stakeholders to ensure trade policies keep pace with the changing economy
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  • Paulsen Highlights Efforts for Economic Opportunity and Growth at JEC Hearing

    At a Joint Economic Committee Hearing entitled, "The Decline of Economic Opportunity in the United States: Causes and Consequences," Congressman Erik Paulsen (MN-03) discussed what can be done to grow the economy and create more jobs and economic opportunities for individuals, families, and small-business owners. Additionally, Paulsen's Empowering Employees through Stock Ownership Act received recognition and praise for helping in those areas. This initiative promotes employee ownership at startup companies by helping employees keep ownership interest and utilize all options offered to them when accepting a job at a startup company.
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  • Paulsen, Kind Introduce Bill to Reduce Obesity Among Seniors

    Congressman Erik Paulsen (MN-03) and Congressman Ron Kind (WI-03) introduced the Treat and Reduce Obesity Act to expand access to treatment options for Medicare beneficiaries afflicted with obesity. Companion legislation has been introduced in the Senate by Senator Bill Cassidy (R-LA) and Senator Tom Carper (D-DE).
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  • Paulsen, Thompson Introduce Legislation to Encourage Research for Antibiotics Treatments

    Congressman Erik Paulsen (MN-03) and Congressman Mike Thompson (CA-05) have introduced the bipartisan Reinvigorating Antibiotic and Diagnostic Innovation (READI) Act to encourage research and development for new antibiotics that treat a serious or life-threatening infection and for the development of new rapid diagnostic tests.
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  • Paulsen Backs Legislation to Empower Patients and Lower Health Care Costs

    Congressman Erik Paulsen (MN-03) voted in the House Ways and Means Committee today to advance health care legislation to lower costs and empower individuals and families. The American Health Care Act will provide relief from the Affordable Care Act and return health care decisions back to the states, giving Americans access to quality, affordable health care options that are tailored to meet patients' needs.
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  • Paulsen Statement on the President's Joint Address to Congress

    Congressman Erik Paulsen (MN-03) issued the following statement regarding tonight's joint address to Congress from the President:
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  • Paulsen, Hatch Introduce Bill to Enhance HSAs, FSAs

    Congressman Erik Paulsen (MN-03) and Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch (Utah) today introduced the Health Savings Act of 2017. This initiative simplifies and expands Health Savings Accounts (HSAs) and Flexible Spending Accounts (FSAs), health care accounts that provide Americans opportunities to save for medical costs through tax-deductible contributions.
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  • Paulsen, Kind, Blackburn, and Matsui Introduce Legislation Repealing Harmful Medicare Therapy Cap

    Congressman Erik Paulsen (MN-03), Congressman Ron Kind (WI-03), Congresswoman Marsha Blackburn (TN-07), and Congresswoman Doris Matsui (CA-06) have introduced bipartisan legislation that would permanently remove Medicare's cap on outpatient therapy. By repealing this arbitrary and dated cap, the Medicare Access to Rehabilitation Services Act ensures seniors receive the care that they need.
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  • Paulsen, Kind Introduce Craft Beverage Modernization and Tax Reform Act

    Congressmen Erik Paulsen (MN-03) and Ron Kind (WI-03) have introduced H.R. 747, the Craft Beverage Modernization and Tax Reform Act, to modernize the tax code and streamline regulations for producers of craft beverages, cider, wine, and distilled spirits. The legislation builds upon a similar bill introduced by the Congressmen last Congress and has the support of a number of related industry groups including the Brewers Association and the Beer Institute.
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  • Paulsen Statement on the President's Executive Action

    Congressman Paulsen (MN-03) released the following statement regarding President Trump's executive action on immigration and refugees:
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  • Paulsen, Welch Introduce Bill to Remove Barriers to Growing the Internet of Things

    Congressman Erik Paulsen (MN-03) and Congressman Peter Welch (VT-AL) have introduced the bipartisan Developing Innovation and Growing the Internet of Things (DIGIT) Act to facilitate planning and coordination among government and private entities to support expanded use of the Internet of Things (IoT). The IoT is a network of physical, everyday objects that have network connectivity. Advances in technology could mean using the Internet of Things to create life-improving developments for everything from health care to transportation to energy management to simply ensuring a family's groceries are fully stocked.
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  • Paulsen Backs Next Step to Help Victims of Human Trafficking

    Congressman Erik Paulsen (MN-03) cosponsored bipartisan legislation introduced on Wednesday to support and protect victims of human trafficking by allowing them to petition courts to have their criminal records cleared. The Trafficking Survivors Relief Act (H.R. 459) builds upon past efforts to ensure that those previously trapped in the horrible practice of human trafficking are treated as victims, not criminals.
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  • Paulsen Announces Application Process for Vacancies on Federal District Court

    Following the formation of his judicial selection committee to recommend candidates to fill two vacancies on Minnesota's federal district court, Congressman Erik Paulsen (MN-03) announced the application process for those interested in being considered for the positions.
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  • Paulsen, Blumenauer Introduce Bill to Improve Access to Primary Care

    Congressman Erik Paulsen (MN-03) and Congressman Earl Blumenauer (OR-03) have reintroduced the bipartisan Primary Care Enhancement Act to increase access to primary care physicians for patients and families.
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  • Paulsen Introduces Legislation Repealing the Medical Device Tax

    Washington, D.C. – As his first initiative of the 115th Congress, Congressman Erik Paulsen (MN-03) has introduced legislation that would permanently repeal the burdensome medical device tax. The Protect Medical Innovation Act repeals the 2.3 percent excise tax included in President Obama's health care law that applies to the sale of medical device products.
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  • Paulsen Creates Judicial Selection Committee for Minnesota Federal District Court Vacancies

    Congressman Erik Paulsen (MN-03) announced the formation of a judicial selection committee to review candidates and make recommendations to President-elect Trump to fill two vacancies on Minnesota's federal district court.
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  • Paulsen, Newhouse, DeFazio, Pingree Lead 104 Members to Support Hops Research

    Today, Congressman Erik Paulsen (MN-03), Congressman Dan Newhouse (WA-04), Congressman Peter DeFazio (OR-04), and Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (ME-01) led 100 other Members in a letter to the U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and USDA Under Secretary for Research, Education and Economics, Dr. Cathie Woteki. The letter requests that USDA's Agricultural Research Service (ARS) increase its commitment to hop-related research to reflect the growing cultural and economic importance of this crop.
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  • Paulsen Praises Passage of the Groundbreaking 21st Century Cures Act

    Congressman Erik Paulsen (MN-03) voted for, and the U.S. House of Representatives passed, the bipartisan 21st Century Cures Act to accelerate the discovery, development, and delivery of new cures and treatments. The bill brings our health care infrastructure and processes into the 21st century and further ensures our health care system meets the needs of patients and their loved ones, including investing in the Cancer Moonshot initiative led by Vice President Biden, as well as the BRAIN initiative to better our understanding of and improve treatment for diseases such as Alzheimer's.
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  • Paulsen Statement on the Death of Fidel Castro

    Congressman Erik Paulsen (MN-03) released the following statement after the death of Fidel Castro:
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  • Paulsen, Kind, Marchant Introduce Legislation to Improve Patient Care and Streamline Hospital Regulations

    Congressman Erik Paulsen (MN-03), Congressman Ron Kind (WI-03), and Congressman Kenny Marchant (TX-24) have introduced the bipartisan Hospital Outcomes Act to improve the quality of care for Medicare beneficiaries and streamline hospital payment programs based on best practices from around the country. Specifically, the Hospital Outcomes Act would replace the penalty-driven, flawed programs mandated for Medicare with a single, comprehensive payment system that rewards positive outcomes.
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  • Paulsen-authored Bill to Empower Startup Employees Passes in the House

    In a bipartisan vote, the U.S. House of Representatives approved legislation authored by Congressman Erik Paulsen (MN-03) to promote employee ownership at startup companies and encourage innovation. H.R. 5719, the Empowering Employees through Stock Ownership Act, helps employees keep their ownership interests and utilize all options offered to them when taking a new and exciting job at a startup.
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  • House Committee Approves Paulsen Bill to Empower Startup Employees

    The House Committee on Ways and Means voted to pass Congressman Erik Paulsen's (MN-03) Empowering Employees through Stock Ownership Act to promote employee ownership at startup companies and encourage innovation. The Empowering Employees through Stock Ownership Act (H.R. 5719) helps employees keep their ownership interests and utilize all options offered to them when taking a new and exciting job at a startup.
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  • Paulsen Remarks on Importance of Innovation and Technology in Health Care

    At a House Ways and Means Health Subcommittee hearing, Congressman Erik Paulsen (MN-03) spoke in favor of finding innovative ways to use technology to provide higher quality health care.
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  • Paulsen, Blumenauer Introduce Bill to Improve Access to Primary Care

    Congressman Erik Paulsen (MN-03) and Congressman Earl Blumenauer (OR-03) have introduced the bipartisan Primary Care Enhancement Act to increase access to primary care physicians for patients and families.
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  • Paulsen Statement on Premium Hikes for Minnesota Health Plans

    Representative Erik Paulsen (MN-03) released the following statement regarding the significant premium increases proposed by Minnesota health insurers:
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  • Paulsen Sends Letter to Mylan's CEO Expressing Concern about Rising Cost of EpiPens

    Congressman Erik Paulsen (MN-03) sent the following letter to Mylan's CEO, Heather Bresch, expressing concerns about the rising cost of EpiPens and asked the company to respond to those concerns.
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  • Paulsen, Eshoo Statement on Medical Device User Fee Agreement

    Co-chairs of the bipartisan House Medical Technology Caucus, Reps. Erik Paulsen (MN-03) and Anna Eshoo (CA-18), released the following statement in response to a new user fee agreement between medical device manufacturers and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
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  • Erik's Correspondence Corner: The Antiquities Act and Pedestrian Bridge in Rogers

    In this week's correspondence corner, Congressman Erik Paulsen (MN-03) answers an email from Tim in Excelsior about the Antiquities Act and preserving our national parks. Paulsen also answers a question from Amanda in Rogers who asked the Congressman about what can be done in the city to make crossing I-94 safer for children and families.
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  • Erik's Correspondence Corner: Improving FAFSA and Higher Education Transparency

    In this week's correspondence corner, Congressman Erik Paulsen (MN-03) answers an email from Kay in Independence about improving the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Paulsen also answers a question from Frank in Coon Rapids who asked the Congressman about how to increase transparency in higher education.
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  • Paulsen Introduces Legislation to Empower Startup Employees

    Washington, D.C. – Congressman Erik Paulsen (MN-03) has introduced legislation in the U.S. House of Representatives to promote employee ownership at startup companies and encourage innovation. The Empowering Employees through Stock Ownership Act (H.R. 5719) helps employees keep their ownership interests and utilize all options offered to them when taking a new and exciting job at a startup. Identical legislation was also introduced in the U.S. Senate by Senators Mark Warner (D-VA) and Dean Heller (R-NV).
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  • Erik's Correspondence Corner: Mental Health and Foreign Aid Transparency

    In this week's correspondence corner, Congressman Erik Paulsen (MN-03) answers an email from Kimberly in Coon Rapids about recent mental health legislation. Paulsen also answers a question from Taylor in Wayzata who asked the Congressman about how to increase transparency for our foreign aid.
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  • Paulsen Backs Legislation to Combat Opioid Abuse Epidemic

    Washington, D.C. – Congressman Erik Paulsen (MN-03) voted for, and the U.S. House of Representatives passed, the bipartisan Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act to address the serious problem of opioid abuse. The bill authorizes the federal government to award grants to states to carry out a comprehensive opioid abuse response through education, treatment, law enforcement training, and recovery efforts to prevent overdose deaths.
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  • Paulsen-authored HSA Legislation Passes in the House

    Washington, D.C. – The U.S. House of Representatives passed Congressman Erik Paulsen's (MN-03) Health Care Security Act, sending the bipartisan legislation to the U.S. Senate for approval. The bill would expand access to Health Savings Accounts (HSAs) and make them easier to use. These reforms provide more health care choices and flexibility for individuals and families in Minnesota and across the country.
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  • Paulsen-authored Recovering Missing Children Act Signed Into Law

    Washington, D.C. – Legislation authored by Congressman Erik Paulsen (MN-03) to help law enforcement locate and rescue missing children was signed into law by President Obama. The Recovering Missing Children Act, which passed in both houses of Congress with bipartisan support, is endorsed by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children as well as various law enforcement organizations.
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  • Erik's Correspondence Corner: Whistleblower Protections and Helping Veterans

    In this week's correspondence corner, Congressman Erik Paulsen (MN-03) answers an email from John in Edina about whistleblower protections. Paulsen also answers a question from Roger in Chaska who asked what is being done about outstanding claims at the VA.
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  • Paulsen Statement on Tax Reform Blueprint

    Congressman Erik Paulsen (MN-03), a member of the House Ways and Means Committee, issued the following statement regarding House Republicans' Tax Reform Blueprint released on Friday.
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  • U.S. Senate Passes Paulsen-authored Legislation to Help Find Missing Children

    The U.S. Senate approved the Recovering Missing Children Act, legislation authored by Congressman Erik Paulsen (MN-03) to help law enforcement locate and rescue missing children, by unanimous consent Thursday afternoon. The bill, which passed the House last month, allows law enforcement to access tax information that would help investigators locate abducted children. A government study found that this information could result in case-breaking information in 46% of missing children investigations.
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  • Paulsen-authored HSA Legislation Advances to House Floor for Vote

    The House Ways and Means Committee passed Congressman Erik Paulsen's (MN-03) Health Care Security Act. The legislation, which now moves on to the House of Representatives for a vote, would expand access to Health Savings Accounts (HSAs) and make them more affordable. These reforms provide more health care choices and flexibility for individuals and families in Minnesota and across the country.
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  • Erik's Correspondence Corner: Chemical Safety Reform and Kari's Law

    In this week's correspondence corner, Congressman Erik Paulsen (MN-03) answers an email from Bryan in Coon Rapids about the Toxic Substance Control Act Modernization Act. Paulsen also answers a question from John in Minnetonka who asked that he support Kari's Law, legislation to make it easier to dial 911 from multi-line phone systems.
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  • Paulsen Backs Needed Reforms for Hospitals and Medicare Providers

    The House Committee on Ways and Means voted to pass the Helping Hospitals Improve Patient Care (HHIPC) Act, bipartisan legislation to ensure hospitals and Medicare providers will not be unfairly affected by provisions in the Bipartisan Budget Act that was signed into law in the fall of 2015. Congressman Erik Paulsen (MN-03), a member of the Health Subcommittee, voted in favor of the HHIPC Act, which included a provision he coauthored that prevents hospitals that serve more low-income, Medicare, and Medicaid patients from being unfairly penalized under the Hospital Readmissions Program – a provision supported by the Minnesota Hospital Association.
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  • Erik's Correspondence Corner: The Opioid Epidemic and Supporting Law Enforcement

    In this week's correspondence corner, Congressman Erik Paulsen (MN-03) answers an email sent in by Stephanie from Minnetonka who asked for Congress to take action to help stop the opioid epidemic. Congressman Paulsen also answers a question from Dan in Mound about supporting law enforcement and first responders.
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  • Surly Brewing Joins Rep. Paulsen to Testify in Support of Craft Beverage Legislation

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  • Paulsen Legislation to Aid Missing Children Investigations Passes House

    In a bipartisan vote, the U.S. House of Representatives approved legislation authored by Congressman Erik Paulsen (MN-03) to provide law enforcement with an additional tool to help missing children. The bill, the Recovering Missing Children Act, allows law enforcement, with a warrant, to access tax returns that would help investigators locate abducted children. Law enforcement is currently granted exceptions to access IRS records in specific cases – when investigating federal crimes, terrorist acts, or tracking down a fugitive – but not in missing children investigations.
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  • Paulsen, Welch Introduce Bill to Remove Barriers to Growing the Internet of Things

    Congressman Erik Paulsen (MN-03) and Congressman Peter Welch (VT-AL) have introduced the Developing Innovation and Growing the Internet of Things (DIGIT) Act to facilitate planning and coordination among government and private entities to support expanded use of the Internet of Things (IoT). The IoT is a network of physical, everyday objects that have network connectivity. Advances in technology could mean using the Internet of Things to create life-improving developments for everything from health care to transportation to energy management to simply ensuring a family's groceries are fully stocked.
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  • House Committee Approves Paulsen-authored Legislation to Locate Missing Children

    The House Committee on Ways and Means voted to pass the Recovering Missing Children Act, legislation introduced by Congressman Erik Paulsen (MN-03), to provide a critical tool to law enforcement in the search for abducted children. The bill, H.R. 3209, would allow law enforcement to access tax information, with a warrant, in cases of missing and abducted children. Under current law, investigators can access tax returns in certain situations – when a federal crime has been committed, an act of terror has occurred, or while tracking down a fugitive – but not in missing children cases.
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  • Paulsen Supports Legislation to Aid American Manufacturers

    Congressman Erik Paulsen (MN-03) voted for, and the U.S. House of Representatives passed, the bipartisan American Manufacturing Competitiveness Act to cut costs for manufacturers and grow the economy. The bill, H.R. 4923, establishes a new process for considering legislation, known as a Miscellaneous Tariff Bill (MTB), for suspending tariffs on products not made in the United States. Paulsen, a member of the Ways and Means Subcommittee on Trade, has advocated for the passage of a new MTB to decrease costs for American manufacturers – including at a recent subcommittee hearing on the issue.
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  • ICYMI: Paulsen Commentary on the Recovering Missing Children Act Featured in the Star Tribune

    Washington, D.C.– Commentary authored by Congressman Erik Paulsen (MN-03) about the Recovering Missing Children Act and how it could help locate kidnapped children was featured in today's edition of the Star Tribune. The column, which can be found here, explains how the Paulsen-authored legislation would help law enforcement locate abducted children by allowing investigators to access tax information.
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  • Paulsen Names Congressional Art Competition Award Winners

    Congressman Erik Paulsen (MN-03) announced the Grand Prize Winner of the 3rd Congressional District's Art Competition as Belle Hulne, a student at Maple Grove High School, at a reception held at the Bloomington Theatre and Art Center Monday evening. Belle won the Grand Prize for her piece, Samuel. A panel of experts selected the winning artwork from 98 entries received by Paulsen's office.
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  • Erik's Correspondence Corner: Feed the Future Initiative and STEM Education

    In this week's correspondence corner, Congressman Erik Paulsen (MN-03) answers an email from Linda in Minnetonka who asked for his support for the Global Food Security Act. Jess in Maple Grove writes in with a comment about increasing STEM education opportunities.
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  • Paulsen Votes to Hold IRS Employees Accountable for Misconduct

    The U.S. House of Representatives passed four bills to improve accountability at the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and ensure employees previously fired for misconduct are not rehired. Congressman Erik Paulsen (MN-03) voted in favor of all four pieces of legislation. An inspector general review found that the IRS rehired 323 individuals that had previously been terminated for poor performance or malfeasance. H.R. 3724, the IRS Workforce Act, prohibits the agency from rehiring an employee that was fired for misconduct, including being willfully delinquent on their taxes.
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  • Paulsen Applauds Uber-ECPAT Partnership to Combat Trafficking

    Congressman Erik Paulsen (MN-03) spoke at an event celebrating a new partnership between Uber and ECPAT-USA to combat sex trafficking Wednesday evening. ECPAT is an international organization dedicated to ending the commercial exploitation of children. As part of the agreement with the leading anti-trafficking organization, Uber officially signed the voluntary ECPAT "code" that provides guidelines for travel and tourism companies to aid in the fight against sex slavery and sex tourism. Uber is the first company in the ‘sharing economy' to sign the pledge. Paulsen was joined by North Dakota Senator Heidi Heitkamp, a leader in the Senate on anti-trafficking initiatives.
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  • Paulsen Votes to Advance Pro-Manufacturing Legislation

    Congressman Erik Paulsen (MN-03) voted to advance the bipartisan American Manufacturing and Competitiveness Act, legislation to level the playing field for Minnesota's small businesses and manufacturers, at a Ways and Means Committee markup Wednesday morning. The legislation establishes a process for producing a Miscellaneous Tariff Bill (MTB) that provides duty relief for American businesses and would inject billions into the economy. The previous MTB, passed in 2010, supported 90,000 manufacturing jobs and increased production by $4.6 billion. However, the law expired in 2012, increasing taxes by $748 million annually on job creators.
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  • Erik's Correspondence Corner: Zika Virus and IRS Accountability

    In this week's correspondence corner, Congressman Erik Paulsen (MN-03) answers a question from Steven in Eden Prairie about what is being done to stop the spread of the Zika virus. Paulsen also responds to a Facebook comment from John about IRS accountability.
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  • Paulsen Backs Legislation to Support American Manufacturing Jobs

    At a House Ways and Means Trade Subcommittee hearing, Congressman Erik Paulsen (MN-03) spoke in favor of supporting American manufacturers and small businesses by passing a Miscellaneous Tariff Bill (MTB). The previous MTB expired in 2012 and has resulted in an annual tax increase of $748 million on U.S. manufacturers. Paulsen highlighted a Minnesota company, Knitcraft, that is facing multiple tariffs to manufacture and sell their products due to the lack of action by Congress.
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  • Paulsen: Patients Deserve More Health Care Choices and Flexibility

    In a House Ways and Means Committee hearing entitled "The Tax Treatment of Health Care," Congressman Erik Paulsen (MN-03) spoke about the need for more choice and flexibility in the health care system. Paulsen highlighted his legislation, the Health Savings Act, that would expand use of Health Savings Accounts (HSAs) and Flexible Spending Accounts (FSAs) and heard from witnesses on how increased use of these accounts would lower health care costs.
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  • Paulsen Supports Measures to Increase Accountability at the IRS

    Congressman Erik Paulsen (MN-03) voted in favor of four pieces of legislation that would increase accountability and customer service at the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) at a House Ways and Means Committee markup Wednesday. The bills would improve hiring standards and customer service at the agency. All four bills were approved by the panel.
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  • Paulsen, Welch Introduce Legislation to Improve Chronic Care, Lower Costs for Patients

    Congressman Erik Paulsen (MN-03) and Congressman Peter Welch (VT-AL) have introduced legislation to improve care coordination for Medicare beneficiaries with multiple chronic conditions. The Better Care, Lower Cost Act would establish voluntary programs aimed at reducing expensive hospital readmissions and providing better health outcomes for patients. According to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, 68% of Medicare enrollees suffer from multiple chronic conditions and account for 93% of health care costs.
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  • Erik's Correspondence Corner: ISIS Genocide and Executive Overreach

    In this week's correspondence corner, Congressman Erik Paulsen (MN-03) answers an email from Tim in Champlin who wrote in with support for legislation classifying atrocities by ISIS as genocide. Patricia in Wayzata sends an email asking that Congress assert its authority to write our nation's laws and limit executive overreach.
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  • Paulsen Statement on Boston Scientific-Mayo Clinic Collaboration

    Congressman Erik Paulsen (MN-03) issued the following statement regarding the announced collaboration of Boston Scientific and Mayo Clinic. Savings from the suspension of the medical device tax are being directed toward the partnership, doubling the investment by Boston Scientific in the project.
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  • Paulsen Authors Legislation to Increase Charitable Giving

    Congressman Erik Paulsen (MN-03) has introduced legislation that would encourage charitable giving by providing tax incentives and reducing barriers for individuals donating to charity. The bill, the Interest for Others Act, excludes from taxable income interest earned from a checking and savings account and dividends received from a money market mutual fund if the money is donated to a qualified charitable organization. The average amount of annual interest or dividends earn
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  • Paulsen: U.S. Regulatory Environment Harming Productivity and Americans' Standard of Living

    In a Joint Economic Committee (JEC) hearing entitled "The Economic Report of the President," Congressman Erik Paulsen (MN-03) questioned Jason Furman, Chairman of the White House Council of Economic Advisers, about sluggish labor productivity growth and the effect that is having on American families. Paulsen questioned Chairman Furman about potential reasons that labor productivity has shown slow growth in recent years, including whether the increasing number regulations are contributing to less productivity and a lower standard of living in the U.S.
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  • Erik's Correspondence Corner: International Tax Reform and D.C. Tours

    In this week's correspondence corner, Nancy from Orono writes to Congressman Erik Paulsen (MN-03) with a question about what Congress is doing to address American companies moving their headquarters overseas. Reagan in Minnetonka emails in wanting to know what is the best way to secure a White House and Capitol tour while visiting Washington, D.C.
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  • Paulsen: Uncompetitive U.S. Tax Code Harms Minnesota's Small Businesses

    In a House Ways and Means Committee hearing entitled "Global Tax Environment in 2016 and Implications for International Tax Reform," Congressman Erik Paulsen (MN-03) spoke about the effect that an uncompetitive U.S. tax code has on small businesses and local economies in Minnesota. Paulsen highlighted the effects on a local economy when a company is forced to move its headquarters overseas to a country with a more competitive tax structure.
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  • Small Brewers Caucus Urges a Thorough Rerview of Beer Merger

    Today Rep. Peter DeFazio (D-OR) and Rep. Mike Kelly (R-PA), co-Chairmen of the House Small Brewer's Caucus, led a letter with Rep. Dan Lipinski (D-IL) and Rep. Erik Paulsen (R-MN) urging the Department of Justice to undertake a comprehensive review of the global merger of beer manufacturers Anheuser-Busch InBev (ABI) and SABMiller.
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  • Erik's Correspondence Corner: Health Savings Accounts and Reducing the National Debt

    In this week's correspondence corner, Congressman Erik Paulsen (MN-03) answers an email from Mark in Wayzata who wants Congress to expand access to Health Savings Accounts. Tilok in Eden Prairie emails in to ask what steps are being taken to reduce the national debt.
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  • Paulsen Raises MNsure Oversight Issues to HHS Secretary

    In a House Ways and Means Committee hearing, Congressman Erik Paulsen (MN-03) questioned Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) Sylvia Burwell on the lack of oversight of MNsure that has resulted in hundreds of millions of dollars in overpayments. A new audit of MNsure found errors in 38 percent of cases for enrollees in the state health care exchange. Over the five month period that the audit covered, up to $271 million in overpayments may have been paid out.
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  • Paulsen, Hatch Introduce Bill to Enhance HSAs, FSAs

    House Ways and Means Committee member, Congressman Erik Paulsen (MN-03), and Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch (Utah) today introduced the Health Savings Act of 2016, legislation to simplify and expand Health Savings Accounts (HSAs) and Flexible Spending Accounts (FSAs), health care accounts that provide Americans opportunities to save for medical costs through tax-deductible contributions.
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  • Paulsen Statement on the State of the Union Address

    Congressman Erik Paulsen (MN-03) issued the following statement regarding tonight's State of the Union speech from the President.
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  • Erik's Correspondence Corner: Charitable Giving and 9/11 First Responder Legislation

    In this week's correspondence corner, Congressman Erik Paulsen (MN-03) answers an email from Paul in Maple Grove who asks to make permanent a provision in the tax code that encourages charitable giving. Sherm in Chanhassen contacts the Congressman to ask for an extension of health care benefits for 9/11 first responders.
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  • Paulsen-authored Provisions Included in Year-end Tax Package

    In addition to a two-year suspension of the medical device tax, Congressman Erik Paulsen (MN-03) secured other important provisions in the Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes (PATH) Act to give more certainty and predictability to taxpayers. The bill passed the U.S. House of Representatives by a bipartisan vote of 318-109 and made permanent a number of temporary tax provisions that are often renewed on a short-term basis or retroactively.
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  • House Passes Two-year Suspension of the Medical Device Tax

    Congressman Erik Paulsen (MN-03) voted for, and the House approved, legislation that suspends the medical device excise tax for a two-year period in a vote Thursday afternoon. The provision was included in the Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes Act, which also makes a number of temporary tax provisions permanent in order to give more certainty to American taxpayers. The medical device tax is a 2.3% excise tax on the sale of medical devices like pacemakers, ventilators, and artificial hips and was included in the Affordable Care Act, which passed Congress in 2010.
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  • After Efforts from Klobuchar and Paulsen, Medical Device Tax Suspension Included in Year-End Agreement

    Today, U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar and Representative Erik Paulsen announced that after efforts from them and other lawmakers, a two-year suspension of the medical device tax has been included in a bipartisan, year-end ‘tax extenders' agreement. The proposed package suspends the 2.3% excise tax on the sale of medical device products like pacemakers, ultrasound machines, ventilators, and artificial hips through December 31, 2017. Klobuchar and Paulsen have led efforts that would repeal the tax permanently. Minnesota is home to more than 700 medical device companies that employ approximately 35,000 people. The tax extenders bill is expected to receive votes in both chambers in the coming days.
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  • Rep. Erik Paulsen Efforts Lead to Inclusion of Medical Device Tax Suspension in Year-end Package

    Congressmen Erik Paulsen (MN-03) applauded the inclusion of a two-year medical device tax repeal in the year-end ‘tax extender' package announced Tuesday. Paulsen has been a Congressional leader on efforts to eliminate the burdensome 2.3.% excise tax on the sale of medical devices like pacemakers, ventilators, and artificial hips. Legislation he authored to repeal the tax, the Protect Medical Innovation Act, passed the House by a 280-140 vote earlier this year. The medical device tax was initially passed in the Affordable Care Act in 2010 and went into effect in 2013.
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  • Erik's Correspondence Corner: Health Care Premiums and the Visa Waiver Program

    In this week's correspondence corner, Congressman Erik Paulsen (MN-03) answers an email from Gary in Orono who asked that Congress do something to address rising health care premiums. Sharon in Coon Rapids sends in an email to ask the Congressman to support the Visa Waiver Improvement Act.
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  • Paulsen Statement on Passage of Trade Customs Legislation

    Congressman Erik Paulsen (MN-03), a member of the House Ways and Means Subcommittee on Trade, released the following statement after the House passed the Trade Facilitation and Trade Enforcement Act.
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  • Erik's Correspondence Corner: Education and Cybersecurity

    In this week's correspondence corner, Nathan in Chaska emails Congressman Erik Paulsen (MN-03) and asks for him to support the Every Student Succeeds Act. Richard in Bloomington emails in with a question about what Congress is doing to prevent cyberattacks.
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  • Paulsen-authored Military Working Dogs Legislation Signed Into Law

    A provision authored by Congressman Erik Paulsen (MN-03) to require the Department of Defense to return all military working dogs to the United States after their service is complete was signed into law by President Obama. The legislation was included in the National Defense Authorization Act, which passed both houses of Congress with bipartisan support. Paulsen introduced the bill, the Military Working Dog Retirement Act, in June. Military working dogs are often retired overseas despite a list of over 1,200 people, including many veterans and active duty troops, waiting to adopt them. Service members often must spend their own money and resources to be reunited with dogs they served next to.
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  • Erik's Correspondence Corner: Millennials in the Workforce and Syrian Refugees

    In this week's correspondence corner, Congressman Erik Paulsen (MN-03) answers an email from Erin in Osseo who wrote in asking for action on issues affecting Millennials. Paula in Maple Plain writes in to ask that more scrutiny be applied to the refugee acceptance process.
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  • Paulsen to Serve on Ways and Means Health Subcommittee

    Congressman Erik Paulsen (MN-03) will now serve as a member of the Ways and Means Subcommittee on Health. Paulsen will also continue to serve on the Subcommittee on Trade. As a member of the Health Subcommittee, Paulsen looks forward to crafting policy and providing input on issues that affect patients, doctors, hospitals, and providers.
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  • Paulsen: Millennials Face Challenges and Opportunities in Modern Economy

    Congressman Erik Paulsen (MN-03) spoke about the challenges millennials face in the current economy at a Joint Economic Committee hearing Wednesday afternoon entitled, "Millennial Voices on Advancing the American Dream." Testifying at the hearing was Rep. Elise Stefanik (NY-21), the youngest woman ever elected to Congress, who answered Paulsen's questions about obstacles that millennial women face in the workforce. In addition, Paulsen also asked the panel about what legislative initiatives would help young employees.
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  • Paulsen, Kind Champion Family Access to Life-Saving Blood Cord Banking Services

    Congressmen Erik Paulsen (MN-03) and Ron Kind (WI-03) have introduced bipartisan legislation, the Family Cord Blood Banking Act, that gives greater access to families seeking to collect and store cord and placental blood and tissue. This type of blood and tissue is rich in stem cells that can often be used later to treat life-threatening blood disorders in those children or their family members. The bill makes the collection and storage of cord and placental blood and tissue a qualified expensive for Health Savings Accounts (HSAs) and Flexible Spending Accounts (FSAs).
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  • Congressman Paulsen Statement on Release of TPP Text

    Congressman Erik Paulsen (MN-03) released the following statement after the release of the Trans-Pacific Partnership text this morning. The full TPP text is available on the U.S. Trade Representative's website here.
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  • House Approves Paulsen Legislation to Ensure Military Working Dogs are Retired in the U.S.

    The U.S. House of Representatives approved legislation, authored by Congressman Erik Paulsen (MN-03), to return military working dogs to the United States after their service is complete. The legislation, the Military Working Dog Retirement Act, was included in the National Defense Authorization Act, which passed the House Thursday by a bipartisan vote of 370-58. Under current law, the Department of Defense is not required to bring military working dogs home after their service is finished. Despite a waiting list of more than 1,200 people, many of whom are veterans and active duty soldiers, dogs are still routinely retired overseas. Military members that have formed strong bonds with dogs they served alongside are often forced to spend their own money to bring the animals home.
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  • Paulsen, Eshoo Statement on CMS Decision to Halt Prosthetics Rule

    Co-chairs of the bipartisan House Medical Technology Caucus, U.S. Reps. Erik Paulsen (MN-03) and Anna Eshoo (CA-18) released the following statement in response to the decision by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to not finalize their draft rule regarding prosthetics.
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  • Medical Device Tax Repeal Passed by U.S. House of Representatives

    In a vote Friday, the U.S. House of Representatives passed legislation, the Restoring Americans' Healthcare Freedom Reconciliation Act, which repeals the burdensome medical device tax. The legislation included the Protect Medical Innovation Act, a bill authored by Congressman Erik Paulsen (MN-03)that eliminates the 2.3% excise tax on the sale of medical devices. Paulsen spoke on the floor in favor of the legislation.
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  • Paulsen Appearance at Wayzata High School Marks 200th School Visit

    Congressman Erik Paulsen (MN-03) will speak to students at Wayzata High School at 9:30am on Tuesday morning, marking his 200th school visit since taking office in 2009. The Congressman has visited classrooms in elementary, middle, and high schools around the Third Congressional District where he talks to students about Congress and answers questions. Tomorrow, the Congressman will speak to 12th-grade students in Wayzata's ‘Economics–Public Policy' course.
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  • Erik's Correspondence Corner: International Adoption and Religious Freedom

    In this week's correspondence corner, Congressman Erik Paulsen (MN-03) answers an email from Kara in Chanhassen who asks that the government make international adoptions easier for American families. Joyce in Bloomington writes in to ask that the U.S. provide assistance to those suffering from religious persecution around the world.
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  • Paulsen Statement on the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement

    Congressman Erik Paulsen (MN-03) released the following statement after the Administration's announcement that a Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement had been reached.
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  • Erik's Correspondence Corner: Justice for Victims of Iranian Terrorism and Making College Affordable

    In this week's correspondence corner, William in Plymouth emails in to ask for Congressman Erik Paulsen (MN-03) to support the Justice for Victims of Iranian Terrorism Act. Congressman Paulsen also answers a question from Barb in Eden Prairie who asks about student loan debt and college affordability.
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  • Paulsen Statement on Speaker Boehner Announcing His Retirement

    Congressman Erik Paulsen (MN-03) released the following statement regarding the announced retirement of Speaker John Boehner.
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  • Paulsen Statement on Voting Against the Iran Nuclear Deal

    Congressman Erik Paulsen (MN-03) released the following statement after voting against the Iran nuclear deal.
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  • Paulsen: Proposed Medicare Rule Risks Patient Access to Lower Limb Prosthetics

    In a bipartisan letter to the agencies that oversee Medicare, Congressman Erik Paulsen (MN-03) expressed strong concern that a proposed rule regarding lower limb prosthetics would restrict access to quality prosthetic care and result in worse health outcomes for patients.
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  • Paulsen Statement on Rep. John Kline's Decision to Not Seek Re-Election

    Congressman Erik Paulsen (MN-03) released the following statement regarding Rep. John Kline's decision to not seek re-election in 2016.
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  • Erik's Correspondence Corner: The REINS Act and Tax Reform

    In this week's correspondence corner, Amy in Wayzata writes in to ask Congressman Erik Paulsen (MN-03) to support the REINS Act, legislation that would require Congressional approval for any regulation with significant economic impact. Brian in Bloomington also writes in to request that Congress tackle tax reform.
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  • Paulsen Statement on Signing of Steve Gleason Act Into Law

    Congressman Erik Paulsen (MN-03) released the following statement after the President signed the Steve Gleason Act into law.
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  • Paulsen Backs Legislation Improving Accountability in VA System

    The House passed legislation, the VA Accountability Act, in a bipartisan vote, to expand the ability of the Veteran Affairs (VA) Department to hold employees responsible for poor performance or misconduct. Congressman Erik Paulsen (MN-03) voted in favor of the legislation that also protects VA whistleblowers against retaliation, modifies the performance review process, and limits the length of time VA employees may be placed on paid leave.
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  • Erik's Correspondence Corner: Disability Insurance and Missing Children Investigations

    In this week's correspondence corner, Rob in Independence writes to Congressman Paulsen and asks what is being done to fix the Social Security Disability Insurance program. Additionally, Lisa in Chaska emails in with a request that Congress do something to help solve cases involving missing and abducted children.
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  • Paulsen, Courtney Introduce Bill to Aid Investigations of Missing Children

    Congressmen Erik Paulsen (MN-03) and Joe Courtney (CT-02) have introduced bipartisan legislation, the Recovering Missing Children Act, that will provide law enforcement with additional tools in their search for abducted children. This legislation will add the case of a missing child to the current list of circumstances under which the IRS may release tax information to investigating authorities.
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  • House Sends Legislation Introduced by Paulsen – the Steve Gleason Act – to President's Desk

    Legislation introduced by Congressman Erik Paulsen (MN-03) to protect access to speech generating devices (SGDs) for those afflicted with ALS and other degenerative conditions was approved by the House unanimously. The bill, the Steve Gleason Act, would reverse policy changes by the Administration that would limit access to these critical devices. The legislation is named after Steve Gleason, a former NFL safety that now suffers from ALS. He has become a leading advocate for those suffering from the disease.
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  • Paulsen Statement on Iran Nuclear Agreement

    Congressman Erik Paulsen (MN-03) released the following statement in response to the Administration's announcement of a nuclear deal with Iran.
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  • Erik's Correspondence Corner: Mental Health and the Antiquities Act

    In this week's correspondence corner, Heidi in Minnetonka writes in to ask Congressman Erik Paulsen (MN-03) about mental health initiatives. Paulsen also hears from Christine in Chaska who asked that the Congressman support the Antiquities Act.
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  • Paulsen Backs Investment in Medical Innovation and Research

    Congressman Erik Paulsen (MN-03) voted in favor of the 21st Century Cures Act – legislation he was a cosponsor of – to accelerate the discovery, development, and delivery of life saving and life improving therapies. Approved by the House in a broad, bipartisan vote of 344-77, the bill is the result of a two-year effort to identify ways to streamline regulations and invest in research to help develop more critical cures and treatments. There are currently over 10,000 known diseases – 7,000 of them rare – with only about 500 of them having FDA-approved treatments.
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  • Paulsen, Franken Lead MN Congressional Delegation in Urging Federal Agency to Protect Mental Health Funding for MN Children

    Congressman Erik Paulsen (MN-03) and Senator Al Franken (MN) have asked the agency in charge of administering Medicaid to ensure that federal funding for mental health services for Minnesota children is not discontinued. In a letter to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), members of the state delegation asked the agency to allow the Minnesota Department of Health and Human Services to maintain current practices for mental health care that were approved in 2001. A recent letter from CMS regarding state compliance with federal regulations for psychiatric residential treatment facilities (PRTFs) raised concerns that federal funding could be ended immediately.
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  • Erik's Correspondence Corner: Investing in Infrastructure and Cybersecurity

    In this week's correspondence corner, Adam in Plymouth writes in to Congressman Erik Paulsen (MN-03) with a question about investing in transportation and infrastructure. Paulsen also responds to a call from Lynn in Deephaven who wants to know what Congress is doing to improve our nation's cybersecurity.
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  • Paulsen, Kind Introduce Craft Beverage Modernization and Tax Reform Act

    Congressmen Erik Paulsen (MN-03) and Ron Kind (WI-03) have introduced H.R. 2903, the Craft Beverage Modernization and Tax Reform Act to modernize the tax code and streamline regulations for producers of craft beverages, cider, wine, and distilled spirits. The bill combines and builds on a number of different proposals in Congress including the Small BREW Act (H.R. 232), the Fair BEER Act (H.R. 767), the Distillery Excise Tax Reform Act (H.R. 1172), the CIDER Act (H.R. 600), the AGED Spirits Act (H.R. 867), and the Craft Beverage Bond Simplification Act (H.R. 2238).
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  • Paulsen Statement on King v. Burwell

    Congressman Erik Paulsen (MN-03) released the following statement in response to the Supreme Court's decision in King v. Burwell.
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  • Paulsen Statement on CDC Board Vote on Meningitis B Vaccine

    Congressman Erik Paulsen (MN-03) released the following statement after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC's) Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) approved a ‘permissive' recommendation for Meningitis B (MenB) vaccines. Paulsen and Senator Al Franken (MN) recently led a letter asking for consideration of a broader ‘universal' recommendation for the vaccines.
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  • Paulsen, Franken Ask CDC to Consider Wider Recommended Usage of Meningitis B Vaccine

    In a letter to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), Congressman Erik Paulsen (MN-03) and Senator Al Franken (MN) asked the agency to consider granting a recommendation for universal use of vaccines preventing Meningitis B. The CDC's Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) will be voting on a recommended usage on Wednesday. Joining Paulsen and Franken in sending the letter were Minnesota Congressmen John Kline and Tim Walz. In addition, the letter was signed by Sen. Ron Wyden (OR), Sen. Gary Peters (MI), Rep. Marsha Blackburn (TN-07), and Rep. Lynn Jenkins (KS-02).
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  • Erik's Correspondence Corner: Medical Device Tax Repeal and Medicare Advantage

    In this week's correspondence corner, Lee in Chanhassen emails Congressman Erik Paulsen (MN-03) to ask for his continued support in repealing the medical device tax. Kevin in Minnetrista writes in with a request that Congress protect and strengthen Medicare Advantage.
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  • Paulsen Statement on Passage of Trade Promotion Authority

    Congressman Erik Paulsen (MN-03) released the following statement after Trade Promotion Authority legislation passed the House of Representatives.
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  • Paulsen Legislation Repealing the Medical Device Tax Passes House

    Legislation authored by Congressman Erik Paulsen (MN-03) to repeal the medical device tax passed the House Thursday afternoon. The bill, H.R. 160, the Protect Medical Innovation Act, passed the House by a bipartisan vote of 280-140. H.R. 160 eliminates the 2.3% tax on medical devices that was included in the President's health care law. The legislation now heads to the Senate where repealing the medical device tax also has bipartisan support. A nonbinding vote to repeal the tax has previously received 79 votes.
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  • Paulsen, Sinema Introduce Bill to Return Retired Military Working Dogs to the U.S.

    Congressman Erik Paulsen (MN-03) and Congresswoman Kyrsten Sinema (AZ-09) introduced legislation, the Military Working Dog Retirement Act, requiring military working dogs to be retired in the United States. Under current law, the Department of Defense is not required to bring these dogs home, and service members are often forced to spend their own money to transport the canines to the U.S. for adoption. Despite a military dog adoption waiting list of more than 1,200 people, many service dogs are still retired overseas after their service ends. The U.S. military has used working dogs on battle frontlines since World War II where they have saved countless American lives.
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  • Paulsen Highlights Economic Effects of Health Care Law at JEC Hearing

    At a Joint Economic Committee Hearing entitled, "Examining the Employment Effects of the Affordable Care Act," Congressman Erik Paulsen (MN-03) raised concerns about the effect that provisions in the health care law are having on businesses and workers in his district. Paulsen highlighted a business owner in Minnesota that was forced to cut employee hours in order to comply with the law's 30-hour rule. For more information on the hearing, click here.
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  • House Panel Passes Paulsen Legislation to Repeal Medical Device Tax

    The House Committee on Ways and Means passed legislatio nauthored by Congressman Erik Paulsen (MN-03) to repeal the burdensome medical device tax. Paulsen's bill, H.R. 160, the Protect Medical Innovation Act, eliminates the 2.3% excise tax imposed on the sale of medical devices that was included in the Affordable Care Act. The bill has broad bipartisan support with 281 cosponsors, including 40 Democrats.
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  • Erik's Correspondence Corner: Growing Innovation and Supporting our Veterans

    In this week's correspondence corner, Congressman Erik Paulsen (MN-03) answers a question from Scott in Plymouth about what is being done to grow innovation. Ken in Minnetrista wrote in to encourage Congress to pass legislation supporting veterans.
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  • Paulsen Statement on the Signing of the Don't Tax Our Fallen Public Safety Heroes Act into Law

    Congressman Erik Paulsen (MN-03) released the following statement after legislation he authored, the Don't Tax Our Fallen Public Safety Heroes Act, was signed into law by the President. The legislation clarifies federal law to make sure that both federal and state benefits for fallen public safety officers are not subject to federal income tax.
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  • Paulsen Backs Legislation to Grow Investment and Innovation

    Congressman Erik Paulsen (MN-03) joined a group of bipartisan colleagues to pass the American Research and Competitiveness Act by a vote of 274-145. Paulsen voted in favor of the bill, H.R. 880, that strengthens, modernizes, and permanently extends the Research and Development (R&D) tax credit. Since 1981, the R&D tax credit has been extended on a short-time basis 16 different times – often retroactively. The Joint Committee on Taxation estimates that American companies would increase research and development by 10 percent if the credit is permanently extended.
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  • Klobuchar, Paulsen Bipartisan Legislation to Crack Down on Sex Trafficking and Support Victims Passes House, Should Soon Head to President's Desk to Be Signed Into Law

    U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) and Rep. Erik Paulsen (R-MN) today announced that bipartisan legislation to crack down on sex trafficking and support victims has passed the House and should soon head to the president's desk to be signed into law. The legislation includes a provision introduced by Klobuchar in the Senate and Paulsen in the House that is modeled after Minnesota's "Safe Harbor" law, which helps make sure minors sold for sex aren't prosecuted as defendants, but are instead treated as victims. A recent report released by the Polaris Project, an anti-sex trafficking group, found that a majority of states lack safe harbor laws to protect victims.
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  • Paulsen, Kind Author Bill to Reduce Obesity Among Seniors

    Today, Congressmen Erik Paulsen (MN-03) and Ron Kind (WI-03) introduced the Treat and Reduce Obesity Act to expand access to treatment options for Medicare beneficiaries afflicted with obesity. The bill would remove the exclusion under Medicare Part D for covering drugs that treat and reduce the disease and allows additional qualified health care practitioners to provide intensive behavioral therapy services. Companion legislation has been introduced by Senators Cassidy (LA), Carper (DE), and Murkowski (AK).
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  • Erik's Correspondence Corner: Treating and Reducing Obesity and Restricting Terrorist Financing

    In this week's correspondence corner, Congressman Erik Paulsen (MN-03) answers a question from Susan in Excelsior about treating chronic medical conditions. Mario from Orono writes in about limiting the influence of Hezbollah in the Middle East.
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  • Paulsen Statement on the Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act

    Congressman Erik Paulsen (MN-03) released the following statement after voting to pass legislation that would ensure any potential nuclear deal with Iran would be subject to Congressional review.
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  • House Passes Paulsen Legislation Supporting Families of Fallen Police Officers, Firefighters, and EMTs

    Legislation authored by Congressman Erik Paulsen (MN-03) to support families of fallen public safety officers passed the House of Representatives in a unanimous vote on Tuesday night. The bill, H.R. 606, the Don't Tax Our Fallen Public Safety Heroes Act, clarifies federal law to make sure that both federal and state benefits for fallen public safety officers are not subject to federal income tax.
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  • Paulsen Presents Congressional Award Silver Medal to Minnetonka Student

    Congressman Erik Paulsen (MN-03) presented Hopkins High School student Katherine Craemer with the Congressional Award Silver Medal in a presentation Wednesday evening. The Congressional Award is given to young Americans that set and meet goals in four program areas; voluntary public service, personal development, physical fitness, and expedition/exploration. Congress established the award in 1979 and youth between ages 13 and 23 are eligible to participate.
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  • Erik's Correspondence Corner: The STAPLE Act and Quality Care for Diabetes Patients

    In this week's correspondence corner, Congressman Erik Paulsen (MN-03) answers a question from Vera in Eden Prairie about employment-based visas. Nancy in Chaska emails in to encourage Congress to improve the quality of care for diabetes patients.
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  • Paulsen, Quigley Introduce Bipartisan Immigration Bill Encouraging American Innovation

    Today, Rep. Erik Paulsen (MN-03) and Rep. Mike Quigley (IL-05) introduced the bipartisan Stopping Trained in America Ph.D.s from Leaving the Economy (STAPLE) Act, which would exempt foreign-born individuals who have earned an American Ph.D. in science, technology, engineering, or mathematics (STEM) from the limits on the number of employment-based green cards and H-1B visas awarded annually.
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  • Paulsen Announces Winner of Congressional Art Competition

    Congressman Erik Paulsen (MN-03) announced the winner of the 3rd Congressional District's Art Competition at a reception held at the Bloomington Theatre and Art Center Monday evening. Kayla Bolster of Rogers High School won the Grand Prize for her piece, In the City. Her artwork will now be displayed at the U.S. Capitol Building for the upcoming year. Bolster and a guest are invited to a Washington, D.C. reception honoring competition winners in June.
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  • Paulsen Statement on Ways and Means Approval of Trade Legislation

    Congressman Erik Paulsen (MN-03) released the following statement after he voted to pass the Bipartisan Congressional Trade Priorities and Accountability Act, also known as Trade Promotion Authority, out of the House Ways and Means Committee today. The legislation now heads to the House floor.
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  • Paulsen Questions Commerce Secretary on Trade Legislation

    Congressman Erik Paulsen (MN-03) questioned U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker at today's Ways and Means hearing entitled, "Expanding American Trade with Accountability and Transparency." Paulsen asked Secretary Pritzker to clarify the way that Trade Promotion Authority would strengthen the United States' position when it comes to intellectual property and the digital economy.
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  • Erik's Correspondence Corner: The HOPE for Alzheimer's Act and Accountability at the IRS

    Washington, D.C. – In this week's correspondence corner, Congressman Erik Paulsen (MN-03) answers an email from Jenn in Bloomington who asked that the Congressman support legislation helping those living with Alzheimer's. Nancy in Brooklyn Park emailed in to ask for more accountability at the IRS.
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  • Paulsen Statement on the Bipartisan Congressional Trade Priorities and Accountability Act

    Congressman Erik Paulsen (MN-03) released the following statement on the Bipartisan Congressional Trade Priorities and Accountability Act.
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  • Paulsen Highlights Burden of Medical Device Tax on Small Business

    Congressman Erik Paulsen (MN-03) questioned a witness at a Joint Economic Committee hearing on the negative effects that the medical device tax is having on small businesses. The hearing, entitled "Small Business, Big Taxes: Are Taxes Holding Back Small Business Growth?" featured Thomas Hoghaug, CEO for Signus Medical and LockDown Surgical. Both small businesses are located in Chanhassen, Minnesota, in Paulsen's district. Hoghaug testified that the medical device tax has resulted in lay-offs and decreased investment in research and development.
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  • Erik's Correspondence Corner: Doc Fix and Strengthening FSAs and HSAs

    In this week's correspondence corner, Congressman Erik Paulsen (MN-03) answers an email from William in Excelsior who asked that Congress find a solution to the flawed Medicare Sustainable Growth Rate formula. Paulsen also responds to a facebook comment from Karen thanking him for introducing legislation that strengthens Flexible Spending Accounts (FSAs) and Health Savings Accounts (HSAs).
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  • Paulsen Statement on Passage of Permanent ‘Doc Fix'

    Congressman Erik Paulsen (MN-03) released the following statement on the permanent ‘Doc Fix,' passed by the House of Representatives:
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  • Paulsen to Compete in Congressional Hockey Challenge

    Congressman Erik Paulsen (MN-03) will compete in the 7th annual Congressional Hockey Challenge (CHC) at Kettler Capitals Iceplex, the practice facility of the NHL's Washington Capitals, on Wednesday, March 25 at 7 pm. A bipartisan team of Congressmen, Canadian Members of Parliament, and staff will take on a roster composed of lobbyists. NHL legends Alan May and Peter Bondra, as well as members of the USA Warriors Hockey program, will also suit up in the game.
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  • Paulsen, Barrasso Introduce Family Health Care Flexibility Act

    Today, U.S. Rep. Erik Paulsen (MN-03) and U.S. Senator John Barrasso (WY) introduced legislation repealing Obamacare restrictions on health savings accounts (HSAs) and flexible spending accounts (FSAs). TheFamily Health Care Flexibility Act repeals the part of the health care law that sets a $2,500 FSA contribution cap and prohibits HSA and FSA participants from using their own account dollars to purchase over-the-counter medicines without a prescription.
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  • Erik's Correspondence Corner: Estate Tax and Preventing Breast Cancer

    In this week's correspondence corner, Jean in Excelsior writes to Congressman Erik Paulsen (MN-03) to ask that he support the work being done to prevent, treat, and cure breast cancer. Doug in Long Lake emails in to ask that the Congressman cosponsor legislation repealing the estate tax.
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  • ICYMI: Reps. Paulsen and Peters Medicare Advantage Op-Ed Featured in The Hill

    A bipartisan op-ed on Medicare Advantage authored by Congressmen Erik Paulsen (MN-03) and Scott Peters (CA-52) was featured in today's print edition of The Hill. The column, which can be found hereand below, brings attention to the effects that cuts to the popular program are having on seniors' healthcare.
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  • Paulsen Touts Benefits of Trade at JEC Hearing

    Congressman Erik Paulsen (MN-03) asked White House Council of Economic Advisers Chairman Jason Furman about the administration's efforts to engage Members of Congress on Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) and potential trade deals at a Joint Economic Committee hearing Wednesday afternoon. Paulsen noted in his questioning that 95% of the world's consumers are located outside of the United States and that TPA is necessary to get the best agreements possible for the U.S.
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  • Paulsen Questions Witness on Burden of the ‘Death Tax' for Small Businesses

    At a Ways and Means Select Revenue Measures Subcommittee Hearing on the burden of the estate tax on family businesses and farms, Congressman Paulsen questioned Karen Madonia, Chief Financial Officer at Illco, Inc., on the effect the estate tax has had on their business. Paulsen additionally shared the story of Johnstone Supply, an HVAC company in Minnesota, that has had difficulty growing their business and creating jobs due to the estate tax.
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  • Paulsen Announces Art Contest for Local High School Students

    Congressman Erik Paulsen (MN-03) announced the 2015 Congressional Art Competition, a nationwide high school art contest sponsored by the U.S. House of Representatives, is now open for local high school students. Students in grades 9-12 that live or go to school in the Third Congressional District are eligible to participate. All submitted entries will be displayed at the Bloomington Theatre and Art Center for two weeks in April.
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  • Erik's Correspondence Corner: VA Bonuses and Israel

    In this week's correspondence corner, Congressman Erik Paulsen (MN-03) answers a question from Thomas in Plymouth about bonuses at the Department of Veterans Affairs. Miguel in Brooklyn Park wrote an email asking for the United States to stand with Israel.
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  • Paulsen Statement on Prime Minister Netanyahu Speech

    Congressman Erik Paulsen (MN-03) released the following statement on Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's address to a joint meeting of Congress.
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  • Erik's Correspondence Corner: Eliminating Fraud in Medicare and STEM Education

    In this week's correspondence corner, Congressman Paulsen (MN-03) answers a question from Barb in Orono on what Congress is doing to eliminate fraud in Medicare. Joe in Bloomington sends in an email supporting STEM education.
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  • Paulsen Supports Strengthening and Expanding College Savings Plans

    Legislation cosponsored by Congressman Erik Paulsen (MN-03) to strengthen, expand, and modernize a popular college savings program passed the House by a bipartisan vote of 401-20. H.R. 529 makes important changes to 529 plans that are used by seven million American families to save for their children's college education. The legislation allows computers – a necessity for current students – to be purchased with funds from a 529 plan. In addition, the bill also eliminates outdated paperwork requirements.
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  • Paulsen Bill Helping Charities Passes House

    A bill authored by Congressman Erik Paulsen (MN-03) to simplify the tax code for charitable giving was included in legislation that passed the U.S. House of Representatives. Paulsen's bill was part of H.R. 644, the America Gives More Act, which includes a package of provisions that promote charitable giving. Paulsen's legislation dealt specifically with issues private foundations encounter with federal excise taxes.
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  • Paulsen Votes to Approve the Keystone XL Pipeline

    The U.S. House of Representatives passed legislation approving the Keystone XL Pipeline in a bipartisan vote Wednesday evening. Congressman Erik Paulsen (MN-03) voted in favor of the legislation, S.1, the Keystone XL Pipeline Approval Act. A 2014 study conducted by the U.S. State Department found that construction of the pipeline would support 42,000 jobs and add $3.4 billion to the American economy. With the legislation already receiving approval from the Senate, it now heads to the President's desk.
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  • Erik's Correspondence Corner: Helping ALS Patients and Email Privacy

    In this week's correspondence corner, Congressman Erik Paulsen (MN-03) answers a question about the Steve Gleason Act, a bill to help ALS patients, from Scott in Brooklyn Park. Julie in Corcoran wrote in to ask about email protection laws.
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  • Paulsen Legislation Simplifying Tax Code for Charitable Foundations Approved by Ways & Means Committee

    The House Ways & Means Committee approved legislation authored by Congressman Erik Paulsen (MN-03) to modify and simplify the tax code for private charitable foundations. Currently, private foundations are subject to a two-tier tax structure that requires them to pay either a 1% or 2% excise tax depending on previous donations. To qualify for the lower rate, foundations must donate an amount greater than their average donations over the previous five years. This tax structure discourages large giving which is problematic in times of need – after natural disasters, terrorist attacks, or during tough economic times. Paulsen's bill would eliminate the two-tier structure and replace it with a single rate set at 1%.
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  • McMorris Rodgers, Scalise, Vitter, and Paulsen Introduce Steve Gleason Act to Stand Up for ALS Community

    "All Americans living with ALS and other degenerative diseases should have the opportunity to communicate with family, friends, care providers and the outside world, and this legislation will make that a possibility."
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  • Paulsen Authors Bill Supporting Families of Fallen Police Officers and Firefighters

    Congressman Erik Paulsen (MN-03) has introduced bipartisan legislation ensuring that death benefits for family members of public safety officers killed in the line duty would not be subject to federal taxation. Joining Congressman Paulsen in introducing the legislation were the bipartisan co-chairs of the House Law Enforcement Caucus, Rep. Bill Pascrell (D-NJ) and Rep. Dave Reichert (R-WA). The bill, the Don't Tax Our Fallen Public Safety Heroes Act, clarifies federal law to make sure that both federal and state benefits for fallen public safety officers are treated the same in the tax code.Under the legislation, neither would be subject to the federal income tax. Companion legislation has been introduced in the U.S. Senate by New Hampshire Senators Kelly Ayotte and Jeanne Shaheen.
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  • Anti-Sex Trafficking Bill Authored by Paulsen Passes House

    The U.S. House of Representatives approved legislation introduced by Congressman Erik Paulsen (MN-03) to combat sex trafficking by encouraging states to expand ‘safe harbor' laws. The bill, H.R. 159, the Stop Exploitation Through Trafficking Act, encourages states to adopt legislation that treats children involved in trafficking as victims, not criminals. By not pursuing prosecution for minors, law enforcement and protective services are better able to provide resources to victims and bring traffickers to justice.
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  • Paulsen Statement on Approval of Meningitis B Vaccine

    Congressman Erik Paulsen (MN-03) released the following statement on the approval of Bexsero, a Meningitis B vaccine, by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) must still make a recommendation on usage before the vaccine will be widely available.
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  • House Panel Approves Paulsen's Anti-Sex Trafficking Legislation

    The House Judiciary Committee approved legislation introduced by Congressman Erik Paulsen (MN-03) to combat sex trafficking by encouraging states to expand ‘safe harbor' laws. The bill, H.R. 159, the Stop Exploitation Through Trafficking Act, encourages states to adopt legislation that treats children involved in trafficking as victims, not criminals. By not pursuing prosecution for minors, law enforcement and protective services are better able to provide resources to victims and bring traffickers to justice. Similar legislation passed the House of Representatives last year in a unanimous vote, but was not brought up in the Senate.
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  • Paulsen Statement on the State of the Union Address

    Congressman Erik Paulsen (MN-03) released the following statement on the State of the Union address.
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  • Minneapolis Police Sergeant to Join Congressman Paulsen at State of the Union

    Minneapolis police sergeant Grant Snyder will accompany Congressman Erik Paulsen (MN-03) as his guest to this year's State of the Union Address. Sergeant Snyder is known for his leadership in the law enforcement community on combating sex trafficking. Paulsen is authoring legislation, the Stop Exploitation Through Trafficking Act that encourages states to pass ‘Safe Harbor' laws that treat minors who are being trafficked as victims, not criminals. Congressman Paulsen also wrote a letter to the President asking that he raise the problem of sex trafficking in his State of the Union address as an important area where both parties in Congress can come together.
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  • Erik's Correspondence Corner: The National Debt and Combating Sex Trafficking

    In this week's correspondence corner, Congressman Erik Paulsen (MN-03) fields questions from two students in the district. Allie from St. Bonifacius wrote in to thank the Congressman for his work on combating sex trafficking, while Ian in Edina wanted to know what Congress is doing to tackle the rising national debt.
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  • Paulsen: Economic Policies Should Focus on Growth and Increased Paychecks for Workers

    In a U.S. House Committee on Ways and Means hearing, Congressman Erik Paulsen (MN-03) questioned witnesses about how the new Congress can affect tax, trade, and regulatory policy to spark more economic growth. At the hearing entitled, "Moving America Forward," Paulsen questioned Dr. Douglas Holtz-Eakin, President of the American Action Forum and former director of the Congressional Budget Office.
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  • Paulsen Votes to Protect Volunteer Firefighters and EMTs From Reduced Hours

    The U.S. House of Representatives passed legislation, in a unanimous vote, that would protect volunteer firefighters and emergency medical technicians (EMT) from onerous regulations under the health care law that could result in reduced hours. Congressman Erik Paulsen (MN-03) voted in favor of the bill, the Protecting Volunteer Firefighters and Emergency Responders Act which exempts volunteers from the health care law's employer mandate. Under current law, volunteer firefighters and EMTs can be counted as full-time employees, forcing many smaller departments to cut hours to stay below the employer mandate threshold.
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  • Erik's Correspondence Corner: Restoring the 40 Hour Work Week and the Hire More Heroes Act

    In this week's correspondence corner, Congressman Erik Paulsen (MN-03) answers Bruce in Minnetonka who emailed in to ask about a provision in the health care law that defines the work week as 30 hours instead of 40. Jeff in Coon Rapids also wrote in to ask for Congress to pass legislation that helps encourage businesses to hire more veterans.
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  • Paulsen, Moore Introduce ‘Safe Harbor' Legislation to Protect Victims of Sex Trafficking

    Congressman Erik Paulsen (MN-03) and Congresswoman Gwen Moore (WI-04) reintroduced legislation that would protect victims of sex trafficking by encouraging states to adopt ‘Safe Harbor' laws that classify minors involved in sex trafficking as victims, not criminals. The bill, H.R. 159, the Stop Exploitation Through Trafficking (SETT) Act builds on the work that a number of states – including Minnesota – have done to combat sex trafficking. Similar legislation passed the House last Congress unanimously, but Senate leadership failed to bring the bill up for a vote.Studies have estimated that more than 100,000 children in the United State are exploited every year through sex trafficking. SETT is endorsed by the Fraternal Order of Police.
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  • Paulsen Votes to Approve the Keystone XL Pipeline

    The U.S. House of Representatives, in a bipartisan vote, passed legislation approving the Keystone XL Pipeline Friday afternoon. Congressman Erik Paulsen (MN-03) voted in favor of the legislation, H.R. 3, the Keystone XL Pipeline Act. A 2014 study conducted by the U.S. State Department found that construction of the pipeline would support 42,000 jobs and add $3.4 billion to the American economy. The U.S. Senate is expected to begin debate on similar legislation Monday.
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  • Paulsen Backs Legislation Restoring Hours and Wages of Employees

    Congressman Erik Paulsen (MN-03) voted in favor of legislation, the Save American Workers Act, that would change the definition of the work week as 40 hours under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Currently, the ACA classifies any employee as full-time if they work over 30 hours per week. The legislation passed the House of Representatives by a bipartisan vote of 252-172. Because the health care law requires any company employing over 50 full-time employees to provide health care insurance, many workers have seen their hours cut to force them into part-time status – meaning a potential 25% reduction of their earnings.
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  • Paulsen Introduces Legislation Repealing the Medical Device Tax

    Congressman Erik Paulsen (MN-03) has introduced legislation that would repeal the burdensome medical device tax as his first piece of legislation in the 114th Congress. The Protect Medical Innovation Act has broad bipartisan support with 254 cosponsors including 27 Democrats. The legislation repeals the 2.3% excise tax, included in the President's health care law, that applies to the sale of medical device products. Similar legislation introduced by Paulsen in the 113th Congress passed the U.S. House of Representatives on two different occasions but was not brought up for a vote in the U.S. Senate. However, the Senate did pass a non-binding budget resolution opposing the tax by a bipartisan vote of 79-20.
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  • Paulsen Statement on U.S.-Iran Negotiations

    Congressman Erik Paulsen (MN-03) released the following statement regarding U.S.-Iran negotiations.
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  • Paulsen Legislation Supporting National Parks Signed Into Law

    Legislation authored by Congressman Erik Paulsen (MN-03) authorizing the minting of National Park commemorative coins has been signed into law by the President. Minted coins will consist of a five dollar gold coin, a silver dollar, and a clad half dollar. Proceeds will go directly to the National Park Foundation, an official charitable organization that supports the management of National Parks. The legislation was included in the National Defense Authorization Act which passed the U.S. House by a 300-199 vote and the U.S. Senate by a vote of 89-11.
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  • Erik's Correspondence Corner: Invasive Species and Benefits for Fallen Public Safety Officers

    Washington, D.C.– In this week's correspondence corner, Congressman Erik Paulsen (MN-03) answers a question from Curtis in Chaska about the spread of invasive zebra mussels, and Mike in Plymouth writes in to thank the Congressman for introducing the Don't Tax Our Fallen Public Safety Heroes Act.
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  • Paulsen Legislation Honoring National Parks Passes House of Representatives

    Washington, D.C.– Legislation authored by Congressman Erik Paulsen (MN-03) to mint coins honoring the 100th anniversary of the National Parks Service was approved in a vote by the U.S. House of Representatives. The bill, which passed the House in an earlier vote in April, was included as a provision in the National Defense Authorization Act. Proceeds will go to the National Park Foundation, a charitable organization that supports the management of national parks. Minted coins will consist of a five dollar gold coin, a silver dollar, and a clad half dollar.
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  • Paulsen Appointed to Ways and Means Trade Subcommittee

    Washington, D.C.– Congressman Erik Paulsen (MN-03) has been appointed to the Ways and Means Subcommittee on Trade for the 114th Congress. The Trade Subcommittee oversees bills involving reciprocal trade agreements, tariff provisions, and other policies relating to importing and exporting. The Subcommittee plays a vital role in trade matters, including guiding current negotiations for trade agreements such as the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) and Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). Congressman Paulsen is also co-chair of the bipartisan TTIP Caucus.
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  • Congressman Paulsen Votes to Help Individuals with Disabilities Pay for Expenses

    Washington, D.C.– Congressman Erik Paulsen (MN-03) voted in favor of the Achieving a Better Life Experience Act (ABLE) Act to help more individuals with disabilities work, save, and live independently without losing access to other benefits by being able to establish tax-free savings accounts. The ABLE Act was one of the first pieces of legislation Congressman Paulsen cosponsored after being elected to Congress in 2009. The bill, H.R. 647, passed the U.S. House of Representatives by a broad bipartisan vote of 404-17.
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  • Paulsen Applauds EPA Decision to Control Spread of Invasive Species in Minnesota Lakes

    Congressman Erik Paulsen (MN-03) applauded the decision by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to approve actions to control the invasive zebra and quagga mussels in Christmas Lake and Lake Independence in Hennepin County. Recently, Paulsen sent a letter to the EPA asking for a Section 18 exemption for the use of potassium chloride, also known as liquid potash, to fully eradicate zebra mussels in Christmas Lake. Zebra mussels can potentially produce up to 500,000 eggs a year and threaten the health of a lake's ecosystem if not controlled. Previous instances of using liquid potash have resulted in 100% eradication.
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  • Erik's Correspondence Corner: Speech Devices for ALS Patients and Meningitis B Vaccines

    Washington, D.C.– In this week's correspondence corner, Congressman Erik Paulsen (MN-03) reads an email from Michelle in Edina who raises concerns about Medicare limiting access to speech generating devices for ALS patients. Kim in Deephaven urges Congressman Paulsen to push for FDA approval of Meningitis B vaccines.
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  • Paulsen Introduces Legislation Supporting Families of Fallen Public Safety Officers

    Congressman Erik Paulsen (MN-03) introduced legislation to ensure that death benefits paid to families of public safety officers that gave their lives in the line of duty would not be subject to federal income tax. The bill, H.R. 5767, the Don't Tax Our Fallen Public Safety Heroes Act, is a companion bill to legislation in the Senate that was introduced by Senators Kelly Ayotte (R-NH) and Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH). That legislation already passed the Senate without opposition. Current IRS regulations exempt federal survivors benefits from federal income tax. However, the law is ambiguous when it comes to the taxation of state death benefits.
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  • Former Minnesota Congressman Bill Frenzel Honored on U.S. House Floor

    Congressman Erik Paulsen (MN-03) led a special order on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives honoring former Minnesota Congressman Bill Frenzel on Wednesday night. Bill Frenzel passed away earlier this week. Paulsen, who now represents the same district Frenzel once served, put on display one of Congressman Frenzel's famous ‘doodles' that he was known to draw in hearings and meetings.
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  • Paulsen Statement on the Passing of Former Congressman Bill Frenzel

    Congressman Erik Paulsen (MN-03) released the following statement after the passing of former Minnesota Congressman Bill Frenzel.
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  • Legislators Celebrate Bipartisan Victory for ALS Community

    Today Representatives Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA), Erik Paulsen (R-MN), and Representative John Tierney (R-MA) and Senator Susan Collins (R-ME) released the following statement regarding the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services' (CMS) decision to reconsider how speech generating devices (SGDs) are covered.In September, Representatives McMorris Rodgers, Tierney, and Paulsen and Senator Collins spearheaded a bipartisan letter to CMS requesting an explanation for policy changes affecting the coverage of these devices, which impacted millions of Americans living with neurological and degenerative disabilities.
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  • Paulsen Statement on FDA Approval of Meningitis B Vaccine

    Congressman Erik Paulsen (MN-03) released the following statement after the Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) announcement that they are granting approval of Trumenba, the first vaccine licensed in the U.S. to prevent contraction of Meningitis B.
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  • Paulsen Statement on San Diego State University Student Death from Meningitis B

    Congressman Erik Paulsen (MN-03) released the following statement regarding the death of a San Diego State University student, Sara Stelzer, who passed away after contracting Meningitis B. Her death follows the September passing of a Georgetown student from the disease. Paulsen has advocated for the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to speed up the approval process for vaccines that would prevent individuals from contracting Meningitis B. One vaccine has already been approved in 34 different countries including Canada and Australia. College students are at elevated risk of contracting Meningitis B, and the FDA has already allowed students at Princeton and U.C. Santa Barbara to receive vaccinations. However, the agency hasn't approved vaccinations on a widespread basis.
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  • Anti-Sex Trafficking Legislation Authored by Paulsen Signed Into Law

    Legislation authored by Congressman Erik Paulsen (MN-03) to combat sex trafficking was included in a comprehensive anti-sex trafficking bill signed into law by the President. The bill, H.R. 4980, the Preventing Sex Trafficking and Strengthening Families Act included Paulsen-authored legislation that would improve data and law enforcement reporting for youth who are most at-risk of exploitation from pimps and traffickers. A Department of Health and Human Services study found that 1 in 3 children are lured into sex trafficking within 48 hours of becoming homeless. By improving reporting standards, law enforcement will be better able to recognize potential victims before they are exploited by pimps and traffickers.
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  • Paulsen Statement on Georgetown Student Death From Meningitis B

    Congressman Erik Paulsen (MN-03) released the following statement regarding the death of a Georgetown University sophomore, Andrea Jaime, who had contracted Meningitis B. Earlier this year, Paulsen penned an op-ed in the Star Tribune about the need to approve a vaccine to prevent Meningitis B. In addition, he traveled to Canada last month to receive a Meningitis B vaccination:
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  • Paulsen Anti-Sex Trafficking Legislation Passes U.S. Senate

    Legislation authored by Congressman Erik Paulsen (MN-03) combating sex trafficking passed the Senate by unanimous consent. The bill, H.R. 4980, the Preventing Sex Trafficking and Strengthening Families Act, includes provisions from previous Paulsen legislation that improves data and law enforcement reporting for youth who are at-risk of being trafficked. In addition, H.R. 4980 makes critical changes to the foster care system to decrease the likelihood that children will run away or become homeless. A study by the Department of Health and Human Services found that 1 in 3 children are lured into sex trafficking within 48 hours of being on the street.
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  • U.S. House of Representatives Passes Paulsen Legislation to Repeal Medical Device Tax

    In a bipartisan vote, the U.S. House of Representatives passed legislationauthored by Congressman Erik Paulsen (MN-03) to repeal the burdensome medical device tax. According to one study, the 2.3% excise tax included in the President's health care law has already resulted in the loss of 33,000 jobs and future jobs losses are estimated at 132,000. Paulsen's bill, H.R. 523, the Protect Medical Innovation Act, has 275 cosponsors, including 46 Democrats. The legislation was included in a larger package of jobs bills.
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  • Paulsen Statement on Amendment to Train and Equip Syrian Opposition

    Congressman Erik Paulsen (MN-03) released the following statement regarding today's vote in the U.S. House of Representatives to train and equip elements of the Syrian opposition against ISIL:
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  • Erik's Correspondence Corner: Lyme Disease and VA Accountability

    Washington, D.C.– In this week's correspondence corner, Congressman Erik Paulsen (MN-03) answers a question from Linda in Medina about Lyme Disease and Robert in Bloomington who wants more accountability at the VA.
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  • Legislators Call For Answers On Behalf of ALS Community

    Today Representatives Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA), John Tierney (D-MA), and Erik Paulsen (R-MN), and Senator Susan Collins (R-ME)sent a bipartisan, bicameral letter to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) requesting an explanation for recent policy changes impacting millions of Americans living with neurological and degenerative disabilities. Theyreleased the following statement on these changes, which limit patient access to speech generating devices (SGDs).
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  • Paulsen Questions VA on Whistleblower Allegations

    In a letter addressed to Secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Robert McDonald, Congressman Erik Paulsen (MN-03) asked for clarification on recent allegations that the Minneapolis VA falsified medical records in order to decrease the size of their appointment backlog.
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  • IG Audit Finds Widespread Problems with Enforcing Medical Device Tax

    A report issued by the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA) found that the Internal Revenue Serivce (IRS) is having significant issues collecting the medical device tax as required by the new health care law. The tax, which was expected to raise $1.2 billion through the first six months of 2013, came up nearly $300 million short of projections.
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  • Paulsen Travels Across Canadian Border with Parents and Students for Life-Saving Meningitis B Vaccinations

    Congressman Erik Paulsen (MN-03) joined the Emily Stillman Foundation to lead a group of parents, students, and other individuals across the Canadian border to obtain vaccinations for Meningitis B. Despite its approval in 34 other countries, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has not approved the vaccine.
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  • Paulsen-backed Money Remittances Improvement Act Signed Into Law

    The Money Remittances Improvement Act, legislation that would make it easier for financial institutions to process remittances, has been signed into law by the President. The bill, H.R. 4386 was originally cosponsored by Congressman Erik Paulsen (MN-03) and easily passed the U.S. House of Representatives in May.
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  • Paulsen Applauds Senate Passage of Money Remittances Improvement Act

    Congressman Erik Paulsen (MN-03) applauds the U.S. Senate's passage of H.R. 4386, the Money Remittances Improvement Act, to make it easier for financial institutions to process remittances. Paulsen is an original cosponsor of the legislation in the House where the bill passed with bipartisan support in May. In countries without established banking system infrastructure, such as Somalia, family members of American immigrants often rely on nonbank institutions to process remittances. H.R. 4386 would streamline paperwork and remove duplication for businesses and banks while increasing oversight on nonbank financial institutions like money service businesses.
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  • Paulsen Backs Legislation to Protect Victims of Military Sexual Assault

    Congressman Erik Paulsen (MN-03) is cosponsoring legislation that provides added protections for members of the military that are victims of sexual assault. H.R. 3775, the Military Sexual Assault Victims Empowerment Act, allows veterans and members of the armed forces to seek care from private health care providers outside of the military network. This will give sexual assault survivors and victims access to more timely care and flexibility in treatment.
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  • Erik's Correspondence Corner: ABLE Act and Streamlining the FDA Approval Process

    Washington, D.C.– In this week's correspondence corner, Pamela from Minnetonka writes to Congressman Erik Paulsen (MN-03) about the ABLE Act, and Colleen in Eden Prairie asks a question about the FDA approval process relating to sunscreen.
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  • Paulsen Votes in Favor of Critical Reforms for Department of Veterans Affairs

    The U.S. House of Representatives passed legislation with broad bipartisan support to make reforms to the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and provide better care for veterans. The Veterans Access, Choice, and Accountability Act would also ensure more oversight by requiring independent assessments of VA medical care.
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  • Erik's Correspondence Corner: Transparency in Higher Education and the Child Tax Credit

    Washington, D.C.– Congressman Erik Paulsen (MN-03) answers an email from Beth in Bloomington about the Higher Education Act in this week's Correspondence Corner. Janet in Coon Rapids also emailed in to ask for the child tax credit to be extended.
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  • Paulsen Votes for Improvements to Child Tax Credit

    In a bipartisan vote, the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 4935, the Child Tax Credit Improvement Act, which eliminates the ‘marriage penalty' for individuals claiming the child tax credit and permanently extends the credit for the first time. Congressman Erik Paulsen (MN-03) voted in favor of the legislation. Under current law, individuals may claim a $1,000 tax credit for each child under the age of 17. For single filers, the tax credit is phased out incrementally once an individual's income exceeds $75,000, but joint filers are phased out starting at incomes over $110,000. H.R. 4935 raises the limit for joint filers to $150,000 – double the amount for single filers – eliminating what is commonly known as the marriage penalty.
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  • House Passes Paulsen Legislation to Combat Sex Trafficking and Reform the Foster Care System

    Legislation authored by Congressman Erik Paulsen (MN-03) was included in a package of bills passed by the U.S. House of Representatives aimed at combating sex trafficking. Paulsen, a leader in Congress on sex trafficking prevention, had provisions he authored included in both H.R. 4980, the Preventing Sex Trafficking and Strengthening Families Act, and H.R. 5081, the Strengthening Child Welfare Response to Trafficking Act. Both pieces of legislation passed the House with broad bipartisan support. The bills would improve the foster care and child welfare systems and develop better human trafficking data. The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children says that 60% of missing children who are likely trafficking victims were in foster care or group homes when they ran away.
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  • Paulsen Introduces Additional Legislation to Combat Sex Trafficking

    Congressman Erik Paulsen (MN-03), a leader in Congress on combating sex trafficking, joined House colleagues in introducing the Human Trafficking Prevention, Intervention, and Recovery Act to identify strategies that prevent children from becoming victims of the crime. The bill would instruct the Interagency Task Force to Monitor and Combat Trafficking to develop best practices to deter youth from becoming victims of trafficking. The task force would also identify gaps in research that must be closed to create effective policies to prevent human trafficking.
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  • U.S. House of Representatives Passes Bill to Improve Tax Code for Charities

    The U.S. House of Representatives passed legislation in a bipartisan vote today that would improve tax provisions regarding charitable organizations and remove tax barriers for charitable giving. Congressman Erik Paulsen (MN-03) voted in favor of H.R. 4719, the America Gives More Act, which includes legislation he authored to simplify and reduce the excise tax on private foundations' investment income. Current law actually discourages foundations from making large donations in times of need.
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  • Paulsen Backs Provision to Provide Certainty in the Tax Code

    Today, Congressman Erik Paulsen (MN-03) voted in favor of legislation to make permanent an important provision of the tax code. Paulsen is an original cosponsor of the bill, H.R. 4718, which will make the bonus depreciation provision permanent, allowing taxpayers to deduct the cost of property and equipment they use in the course of business. The legislation passed the House of Representatives on a bipartisan basis.
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  • Minnesota Delegation Urges Administration to Issue Disaster Declaration for Minnesota Communities Impacted by Devastating Flooding

    U.S Senators Amy Klobuchar and Al Franken and Representatives Collin Peterson, Betty McCollum, John Kline, Michele Bachmann, Keith Ellison, Tim Walz, Erik Paulsen, and Rick Nolan today urged the Administration to provide federal assistance to Minnesota communities impacted by the devastating flooding that caused extensive damage across much of the state. In a letter, the delegation urged the President to issue a Major Disaster Declaration to assist communities that are working hard to recover from significant flood damage. Earlier today, Governor Mark Dayton formally requested federal assistance to help communities rebuild and recover.
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  • Paulsen Legislation Included in Bipartisan Anti-Sex Trafficking Bill

    Legislation authored by Congressman Erik Paulsen (MN-03) was included in a bipartisan anti-sex trafficking bill recently introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives. Paulsen is a cosponsor of the bill, H.R. 4980, the Preventing Sex Trafficking and Strengthening Families Act. The bill will improve data and law enforcement reporting for children that are involved or at-risk of being trafficked – provisions Paulsen authored in prior legislation. The bill will also make important reforms to the foster care system. Studies have found that children in foster care often face greater risk of sexual exploitation.
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  • Paulsen Statement on Murder of Israeli Teenagers

    Congressman Erik Paulsen (MN-03) released the following statement regarding today's announcement that three Israeli teenagers missing since June 12 were found dead northwest of Hebron. Last week, the Israel Security Agency identified two Hamas activists as key suspects in the kidnapping. One of the teenagers, Naftali Frankel, held dual U.S.-Israel citizenship.
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  • Erik's Correspondence Corner: Health Savings Accounts and Overseas Adoptions

    Washington, D.C.– In this week's correspondence corner, Congressman Erik Paulsen (MN-03) addresses a question from Judith in Maple Grove regarding changes in health care policy for over-the-counter medication. Congressman Paulsen also answers a question from Katie in Bloomington who is concerned about the difficulty of foreign adoption.
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  • Paulsen Statement on FBI Anti-Sex Trafficking Operation

    Congressman Erik Paulsen (MN-03) released the following statement regarding the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) announcement that the bureau had arrested 281 sex traffickers – including 9 in Minnesota – and rescued 168 victims:
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  • Paulsen Leads Bipartisan Letter Asking President to Withdrawal Norway Nominee

    Congressman Erik Paulsen (MN-03) led a bipartisan letter to President Obama calling on him to withdraw his unqualified nominee to be the next U.S. Ambassador to the Kingdom of Norway. Paulsen's letter was co-signed by over 30 bipartisan members from 18 states, including the entire Minnesota House delegation.
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  • Paulsen Questions IRS Commissioner on Missing Emails

    Washington, D.C. – At a hearing before the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Ways and Means, Congressman Erik Paulsen (MN-03) questioned Internal Revenue Service Commissioner John Koskinen regarding the current investigation into former IRS employee Lois Lerner and the targeting of conservative groups. Last week, the IRS announced that two years of critical emails from Lois Lerner and six other IRS employees have been lost. Despite knowing this information since February, the IRS did not disclose this to the Ways and Means Committee Investigation until three months later.
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  • Paulsen Statement on West Bank Kidnapping

    Washington, D.C.– Congressman Erik Paulsen (MN-03) released the following statement regarding the kidnapping of three teenagers in the West Bank:
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  • Paulsen Meets with Director of Minneapolis VA

    Congressman Erik Paulsen (MN-03) met with the Director of the Minneapolis Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Hospital, Patrick Kelly, and the rest of the leadership team to discuss the current status at the Minneapolis VA. Nationally, the VA has been mired in scandal with over 57,000 veterans waiting more than 90 days to see a doctor. An Inspector General report also found widespread cases of fraud from ‘secret waiting lists' meant to make facility wait times appear shorter than they actually were. Locally, the Minneapolis VA has fared much better with 80% of initial appointments scheduled within 14 days.
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  • Paulsen Statement on Medtronic's Proposed Purchase of Covidien

    Congressman Erik Paulsen (MN-03) released the following statement regarding Medtronic's plan to purchase Covidien:
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  • Erik's Correspondence Corner: Improving the VA and Horse Soring

    Washington, D.C.– In this week's correspondence corner, CongressmanErik Paulsen (MN-03) answers a question from Robert in Minnetrista about what Congress is doing to fix the problems at the VA. Kristi from Eden Prairie wrote in with her concerns about the practice of horse soring.
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  • Paulsen: Health Care Law Creates More Problems for Taxpayers

    Today, the U.S. House Committee on Ways and Means Subcommittees on Health and Oversight conducted a joint hearing on the verification of income and insurance information under the Affordable Care Act.
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  • Paulsen: Norway Ambassador Nominee Not Qualified

    Congressman Erik Paulsen (MN-03) released the following statement regarding the nomination of George Tsunis as U.S. Ambassador to Norway:
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  • Paulsen Announces Service Academy Appointees

    Congressman Erik Paulsen (MN-03) has announced this year's appointments to the U.S. Service Academies. To attend an academy, students must obtain a Congressional, Vice-Presidential, or Presidential nomination. In order to be appointed, nominees must complete a lengthy application process and prove their aptitude in academics, athletics, and leadership.
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  • Paulsen Participates in Minnesota Military Family Tribute Groundbreaking

    Today, Congressman Erik Paulsen (MN-03) participated in the groundbreaking of the Minnesota Military Family Tribute taking place at the State Capitol. The project was undertaken by the Minnesota Military Family Tribute Committee which spent two years raising over a million dollars to fund its construction. Joining Congressman Paulsen in speaking were Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton, Major General (Ret.) Larry Shellito, Major General (Ret.) Harry Sieben, and representatives from Gold Star Families, Ken and Julie Drevnick. The military family tribute is set to be dedicated in June, 2015.
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  • Erik's Correspondence Corner: Ending Violence Against Women and Diabetes Prevention

    For the Correspondence Corner this week, Congressman Erik Paulsen (MN-03) answers a question emailed in by Shelly in Coon Rapids about what Congress is doing to stop violence against women. Stephanie from Chaska sent in her thoughts on establishing healthy habits to prevent diabetes.
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  • House Panel Passes Paulsen Legislation Simplifying Tax Code for Charitable Foundations

    The House Committee on Ways & Means passed legislation authored by Congressman Erik Paulsen (MN-03) to modify and simplify the tax code for private charitable foundations. Under current law, private foundations face a two-tier tax structure that requires them to pay either a 1% or 2% excise tax.
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  • Paulsen: New Leadership Needed at VA

    Congressman Erik Paulsen (MN-03) released the following statement regarding the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Inspector General's report on the investigation into the Phoenix VA hospital:
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  • Paulsen Wins ‘Gold Mouse' Award for Citizen Engagement on Social Media

    The Congressional Management Foundation (CMF) presented Congressman Erik Paulsen (MN-03) with the ‘Gold Mouse' award for citizen engagement on social media. The CMF cited Paulsen's innovative correspondence videos where he gives legislative updates and fields questions that constituents have called in or sent in via snail mail, email, Facebook, or Twitter. Only 10 members of the U.S. House of Representatives were presented with the social media award.
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  • Paulsen Announces Winner of Congressional STEM Competition

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  • Paulsen: VA Problems Unacceptable for America's Veterans

    The U.S. House of Representatives passed legislation to provide more flexibility to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Secretary to dismiss executive officials for poor performance. Congressman Paulsen (MN-03), a cosponsor of H.R. 4031, the Department of Veterans Affairs Management Accountability Act, voted in favor of the bill. The legislation grants the VA Secretary the authority to fire employees of the Senior Executive Service–one of the highest ranking classifications in federal civil service–for mismanagement.
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  • House Approves Paulsen Legislation to Combat Sex Trafficking

    The U.S. House of Representatives overwhelmingly approved five bills to combat sex trafficking and protect victims of the crime. Congressman Erik Paulsen (MN-03), a leader in Congress on the issue, had bipartisan legislation he authored with Congresswoman Gwen Moore (WI-04)–the Stop Exploitation Through Trafficking Act (SETT)–pass the House by voice vote.
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  • House Passes Paulsen Provisions Limiting Expansion of Asian Carp

    The U.S. House of Representatives passed the Water Resources Reform & Development Act (WRRDA) in an overwhelming bipartisan vote to improve and modernize the nation's water infrastructure systems.
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  • Erik's Correspondence Corner: Boko Haram Kidnappings

    This week's Correspondence Corner features CongressmanErik Paulsen (MN-03) answering a question from Allen in Wayzata who asked about the declining bee population in the United States.
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  • Paulsen Votes to Build Upon the Successes of High-Performing Charter Schools

    The U.S. House of Representatives overwhelmingly passed legislation today that would modernize and streamline existing charter school programs under the Elementary and Secondary Education Act. Congressman Erik Paulsen (MN-03), co-chair of the Charter School Caucus, voted in favor of the bill, the Success and Opportunity Through Quality Charter Schools Act.
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  • Paulsen Votes for Permanent Extension of R&D Tax Credit

    Today, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the American Research and Competitiveness Act in a bipartisan vote. Congressman Erik Paulsen (MN-03), an original cosponsor of the legislation, voted in favor of the bill that strengthens, modernizes, and permanently extends the Research and Development (R&D) tax credit.
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  • Paulsen Statement on Creation of Select Committee to Investigate Benghazi Attacks

    Congressman Erik Paulsen (MN-03) released the following statement after voting for legislation that will create a select committee to investigate the September 11, 2012 attacks on the American Consulate in Benghazi, Libya.
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  • Paulsen Votes to Hold IRS Official in Contempt for Political Targeting

    Congressman Erik Paulsen (MN-03) joined his colleagues in the U.S. House of Representatives to hold IRS official Lois Lerner in contempt for obstructing investigations into the IRS targeting of political groups. With the passage of the resolution, the charge will be referred to the U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia.
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  • Paulsen: Boko Haram Atrocities Must Be Stopped

    Congressman Erik Paulsen (MN-03) condemned the kidnapping of nearly 300 girls in Nigeria by the terrorist organization, Boko Haram, and encouraged the administration to take action to address the growing threat of the organization to global peace and security.
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  • Paulsen Questions Fed Chair on Unemployment at JEC Hearing

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  • Paulsen Participates in North Dakota Roundtable on Combating Sex Trafficking

    Congressman Erik Paulsen (MN-03) joined Congressman Kevin Cramer (ND-At Large) and North Dakota Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem at a roundtable in Williston, ND to discuss ways to combat sex trafficking in the region and around the country. North Dakota's economic growth from energy development has led to a resurgence of jobs and money to the state.
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  • Paulsen Statement on the Passing of Former Congressman Jim Oberstar

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  • Erik's Correspondence Corner: Chronic Care and IRS Bonuses

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  • Paulsen: Cut Red Tape to Promote Growth and Innovation

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  • Paulsen: No Bonuses for IRS Employees That Don't Pay Their Taxes

    Congressman Erik Paulsen (MN-03), along with several of his colleagues on the Ways and Means Committee, introduced legislation that would make Internal Revenue Service (IRS) employees ineligible for performance-based bonuses if they owe back taxes.
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  • Paulsen's Safe Harbor Legislation Passes House Panel

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  • Paulsen To Host Identity Theft Seminars

    Events Will be Held in Maple Grove and Chanhassen This Friday
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  • U.S. House of Representatives Passes Paulsen Legislation Celebrating National Parks

    Today, the U.S. House of Representatives passed Congressman Erik Paulsen's (MN-03) bill, H.R. 627, to authorize a series of commemorative coins celebrating the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service in 2016. Proceeds raised by the sale of the coins will go to the National Park Foundation, a charitable organization that supports the management of national parks.
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  • Paulsen Takes Action to Improve Foster Care, Prevent Sex Trafficking

    The U.S. House Committee on Ways and Means unanimously passed legislation today to prevent sex trafficking by making improvements to the foster care system and developing better human trafficking data. Congressman Erik Paulsen (MN-03), a cosponsor of the Preventing Sex Trafficking and Improving Opportunities for Youth in Foster Care Act, wrote several provisions of the bill and voted in favor of the legislation.
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  • Paulsen Announces Award Winners of Congressional Art Competition

    In a reception held at the Bloomington Theatre and Art Center Monday evening, Congressman Erik Paulsen (MN-03) announced that Carly Koch was the Grand Prize winner of Minnesota's Third Congressional District Art Competition. Koch, a student at Mound Westonka High School, won the top prize for her piece, "The Great Northern Loon." The artwork will be displayed at the Capitol Building in Washington, D.C. for the upcoming year.
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  • Congressman Paulsen Statement on Passage of House Budget

    Congressman Erik Paulsen (MN-03) released the following statement after the passage of the U.S. House of Representatives' budget:
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  • Congressman Paulsen Statement on Ways and Means Committee Referral to DOJ

    Congressman Erik Paulsen (MN-03), a member of the House Committee on Ways and Means, released the following statement regarding the committee's referral to the Department of Justice on the probable criminal actions of Lois Lerner:
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  • Paulsen Playing in 2nd Annual Capital Soccer Classic

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  • Erik's Correspondence Corner: Antiquities Act and Wasteful Government Spending

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  • Bipartisan Members Launch TTIP Caucus

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  • Paulsen: Economic Recovery Below Average

    Congressman Erik Paulsen (MN-03), questioned a witness during a Joint Economic Committee hearing entitled, "The Employment Situation: March 2014". The bicameral, bipartisan committee heard from Dr. Erica L. Groshen, Commissioner, Bureau of Labor Statistics. During his questioning, Paulsen highlighted the weakness of the current economic recovery compared to the average of prior recoveries.
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  • Paulsen Votes to Restore Workers' Hours and Wages

    The U.S. House of Representatives Thursday afternoon passed, in a bipartisan vote, the Save American Workers Act to define the work week as 40 hours under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Congressman Erik Paulsen (MN-03), a cosponsor of the bill, voted in favor of the legislation.
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  • Paulsen Receives "Champion of Healthcare Innovation" Award

    Congressman Erik Paulsen (MN-03) was honored today as a recipient of the "Champion of Healthcare Innovation" award presented by the Healthcare Leadership Council (HLC). The award recognizes Members of Congress for their ongoing support of patient-centered medical progress.
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  • Paulsen Backs Legislation to Combat Facilitation of Sex Trade Online

    Congressman Erik Paulsen (MN-03) announced today he is cosponsoring legislation that would hold websites like Backpage.com accountable for facilitating sex trafficking. H.R. 4225, the Stop Advertising Victims of Exploitation (SAVE) Act, would make it a criminal offense to knowingly distribute advertising that offers a commercial sex act.
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  • Paulsen Announces Inaugural STEM Competition

    Congressman Erik Paulsen (MN-03) today announced the launch of the 2014 Congressional Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Competition for high school students in Minnesota's Third Congressional District. Participants are asked to create an innovative software application, or "app," for a computer, tablet, or mobile device. Apps must be submitted by April 30, 2014 and be accompanied by a YouTube or Vimeo video explaining how the app works and what the student learned during the competition.
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  • Erik's Correspondence Corner: Medicare Advantage Cuts and STEM Competition

    For this week's Correspondence Corner, Congressman Erik Paulsen (MN-03) answers a question from Vi from Bloomington who is concerned about cuts to Medicare Advantage. Ian in Eden Prairie emailed in to update Erik on the first robotics team at Eden Prairie High School.
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  • Paulsen Urges Immediate Measures to Combat Websites that Facilitate Sex Trafficking

    Congressman Erik Paulsen (MN-03) joined a group of bipartisan lawmakers in sending a letter to Attorney General Eric Holder asking that immediate action be taken to end facilitation of sexual trafficking by websites like Backpage.com. The letter urges the Department of Justice (DOJ) to fully prosecute instances where the facilitation of unlawful sexual exploitation occurs. The 44 Members of Congress also asked the DOJ to report back to Congress on instances where unclear or insufficient laws make legal action difficult.
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  • Paulsen Testifies Against Proposed Medicare Advantage Cuts

    Today, Congressman Erik Paulsen (MN-03) testified before the House Committee on Energy & Commerce Subcommittee on Health that over half the eligible seniors in Minnesota's Third Congressional District could lose their Medicare Advantage (MA) plans or could face premium increases due to mandated cuts from the President's health care law. Paulsen presented his legislation, H.R. 4177, which helps seniors pay for health care services within their Medicare Advantage plans.
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  • Paulsen Questions Secretary Sebelius on Health Care Law Flaws

    Today, Congressman Erik Paulsen (MN-03), along with his colleagues on the House Ways and Means Committee, questioned Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius regarding the troubled rollout and implementation of the President's health care law. In response to a line of questioning from Congressman Paulsen, Sebelius admitted that health care premiums would continue to rise.
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  • Paulsen to Play in Annual Congressional Hockey Game that Raises Funds for Charity

    Congressman Erik Paulsen will lace up the skates and throw on the gloves as he participates in the annual Congressional Hockey Challenge (CHC) this evening at Kettler Capitals Iceplex, the practice facility of the NHL's Washington Capitals. Featured in the game will be a bipartisan team of lawmakers and staff competing against a roster composed of Washington lobbyists. The event will raise money for a host of charities including the USA Warriors Ice Hockey Program, an organization that administers opportunities for the nation's wounded veterans to participate in recreational ice hockey. Since 2009, the CHC has raised over $400,000 for featured charities like the Thurgood Marshall Fund which has teamed up with the NHL to give scholarships to hockey playing youth. In support of the event, the Stanley Cup was placed on display in the U.S. Capitol building Wednesday morning.
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  • RELEASE: Paulsen Says Tax Reform Will Help Families, Workers, and Our Economy

    Washington, D.C. – Congressman Erik Paulsen (MN-03) released the following statement after House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Dave Camp (MI-04) unveiled a draft tax reform proposal.
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  • Paulsen Urges President Obama to Visit Med Tech Company

    Eden Prairie, MN – Representative Erik Paulsen (MN-03) sent a letter to President Obama urging him to visit a medical technology company during the President's Twin Cities trip to discuss the economy Wednesday, February 26th. The Twin Cities are home to over 400 medical technology companies employing over 34,000 people.
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  • Paulsen Letter to President Obama

    Representative Erik Paulsen (MN-03) sent a letter to President Obama urging him to visit a medical technology company during the President's Twin Cities trip to discuss the economy Wednesday, February 26th. The Twin Cities are home to over 400 medical technology companies employing over 34,000 people.
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  • ICYMI: Star Tribune Highlights Survey Showing Job Losses Caused by Medical Device Tax

    Rep. Paulsen's Bill to Repeal Tax Gains 270th Co-Sponsor Eden Prairie, MN – Today's edition of the Star Tribune included coverage of a survey released by AdvaMed, a large medical technology trade group, which highlighted the job losses and risk to American innovation and manufacturing caused by the Medical Device Tax. AdvaMed's survey showed approximately 14,000 jobs have been cut, and employers have foregone adding an additional 19,000 jobs because of the tax. The 2.3% excise tax on revenue has been in effect since January 2013.
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  • Paulsen Speaks at Naturalization Ceremony

    Today, Congressman Erik Paulsen (MN-03) attended and gave remarks at a Naturalization Ceremony in Brooklyn Center, where 444 people from 79 countries took the Oath of Allegiance and became U.S. citizens. United States District Court Judge John R. Tunheim administered the oath at the ceremony, which coincided with President's Day week.
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  • Paulsen Votes to Protect Organizations from Unfair IRS Regulations

    Today, Representative Erik Paulsen (MN-03) voted to prevent the IRS from implementing proposed regulations that overwhelmingly affect conservative social welfare organizations. The proposed regulations would restrict the ability of 501(c)(4) organizations to engage in certain activities – such as non-partisan get-out-the-vote efforts, voter registration drives, and candidate forums – and still maintain their tax-exempt status. With Paulsen's support, the Stop Targeting of Political Beliefs by the IRS Act of 2014 passed the House Committee on Ways and Means.
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  • Paulsen Votes to Protect Workers and Firefighters

    Today, Representative Erik Paulsen (MN-03) voted to restore the 40-hour workweek as the House Ways and Means Committee passed a bill to repeal the 30-hour rule established in Obamacare. Millions of Americans working in education, hospitality, retail, food service and public safety are having their hours and wages cut up to 25 percent as employers are forced to deal with the additional costs imposed by the law.
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  • Paulsen Statement on Super Bowl Prostitution Ring Arrests

    Washington, D.C. Representative Erik Paulsen (MN-03) released the following statement today after New York police made 18 arrests in connection with a prostitution ring associated with tomorrow's Super Bowl:
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  • Paulsen Statement on the State of the Union Address

    Washington, D.C. – Rep. Erik Paulsen (MN-03), a member of the House Committee on Ways and Means, released the following statement in response to President Obama's State of the Union Address:
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  • Paulsen Seeks Answers on Employer Mandate

    Washington, D.C.– Today, Congressman Erik Paulsen (MN-03) participated in the House Ways and Means Committee hearing focusing on the impact of the employer mandate, part of Obamacare, on jobs and opportunities.
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  • Paulsen Invites Anti-Sex Trafficking Advocate to State of the Union

    Washington, D.C. Representative Erik Paulsen (MN-03) announced today that his guest for this year's State of the Union address will be Vednita Carter, Founder and Executive Director of Breaking Free. In 1996, Carter founded the non-profit organization which advocates on behalf of women and girls involved in exploitation and sex trafficking. In addition, Paulsen sent a letter to President Obama asking him to address sex trafficking in his speech on January 28th before a joint session of Congress.
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  • Bipartisan, Bicameral Medicare Reforms Seek to Improve Care and Lower Costs

    WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Ron Wyden, D-Ore., and Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., and U.S. Representatives Erik Paulsen, R-Minn., and Peter Welch, D-Vt., today introduced bipartisan, bicameral legislation aimed at providing better care at lower cost for the millions of Medicare beneficiaries with multiple chronic conditions.
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  • Paulsen Applauds Step Forward in Vital Trade Talks

    Washington, D.C. – Congressman Erik Paulsen (MN-03) issued the following statement after the House and Senate introduced bipartisan agreements on Trade Promotion Authority. Trade Promotion Authority, also known as TPA or "fast track" trade legislation, ensures the Obama Administration pursues Congress' objectives when negotiating trade agreements. The bill introduced today strengthens oversight, updates labor and environment provisions to reflect recent trade agreements, and provides for tougher, enforceable rules against barriers to U.S. agriculture. The TPA agreement also sets out an important and clear directive on currency manipulation. Nearly 81,000 Minnesota jobs are directly reliant on exports.
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  • Paulsen: It's Time for Action to End Sex Trafficking

    The House Ways and Means Committee recently released draft legislation to prevent and address sex trafficking of youth in foster care which includes provisions championed by Congressman Erik Paulsen (MN-03). This legislation would ensure youth in foster care have the same opportunities and experiences as other children, while also providing them with more tools they need to become successful adults.
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  • Paulsen Statement on Passage of Budget Agreement

    Washington, D.C. – Congressman Erik Paulsen (MN-03) issued the following statement after the House passed the budget agreement reached between House and Senate Budget Committee Chairmen Paul Ryan (R-WI) and Patty Murray (D-WA)
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  • Paulsen on Passage of the Gabriella Miller #KidsFirst Research Act

    Washington, D.C. – Congressman Erik Paulsen (MN-03) issued the following statement after the House passed the Gabriella Miller Kids First Research Act by a bipartisan vote of 295 to 103. This pivotal piece of legislation, cosponsored by Congressman Paulsen, eliminates taxpayer financing of presidential campaigns and party conventions and uses these funds to expand pediatric research at the National Institutes of Health through the NIH Common Fund.
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  • Paulsen Introduces Legislation to Streamline and Enhance U.S. Healthcare Delivery

    Washington, D.C. – Congressman Erik Paulsen (MN-03) today introduced legislation paving the way for a streamlined and enhanced Medicare delivery system. The Excellence in Diagnostic Imaging Utilization Act directs Medicare to put in place electronic clinical guidance for physicians ordering diagnostic imaging tests such as MRIs and CT Scans. By utilizing an easy-to-access, quick-to-use Clinical Decision Support (CDS) system, doctors will get immediate feedback and recommendations for the appropriate tests to administer when ordering a diagnostic imaging test.
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  • Paulsen, Moore Introduce Legislation to Combat Sex Trafficking

    Washington, D.C. – Congressman Erik Paulsen (MN-03) and Congresswoman Gwen Moore (WI-04), today introduced bipartisan legislation to combat sex trafficking in American communities. The Stop Exploitation Through Trafficking Act will give law enforcement the tools they need to turn the tide against sex trafficking in U.S. communities and help victims of these horrific crimes receive the support they need and deserve.
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  • Erik's Correspondence Corner: The Effects of The President's Healthcare Law: Losing Coverage, Losing Care

    Washington, D.C. – In the latest installment of Erik's Correspondence Corner, Congressman Erik Paulsen (MN-03) answers a question sent in from Phil in Edina who joined a chorus of Minnesotans asking about the president's healthcare law. Also this week, Congressman Paulsen takes a question from Lauren in Chaska who wrote in with her support of the PREEMIE Reauthorization Act.
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  • VIDEO: Congressman Paulsen Shares Ron's Story

    Washington, D.C. – Today, Congressman Erik Paulsen (MN-03) took time on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives to share stories from constituents facing rising healthcare premium costs and cancelled plans due to the President's new healthcare law. Tomorrow the House will vote on the Keep Your Health Plan Act, legislation to help ensure the commitment that if people like their healthcare plan, they can keep it.
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  • Paulsen Statement on Healthcare Enrollment Figures

    Washington, D.C. – Congressman Erik Paulsen released the following statement today after the Department of Health and Human Services released the latest enrollment numbers for the President's new healthcare law
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  • Paulsen Receives "Friends of the National Parks" Award

    Washington, D.C. – Congressman Erik Paulsen (MN-03) was awarded the National Parks Conservation Association "Friends of the National Parks" Award today in Minneapolis for his support of America's National Parks in Congress. Established in 1919, the National Parks Conservation Association is an independent, nonpartisan association that advocates on behalf of the National Park System. Its mission is "to protect and enhance America's National Park System for present and future generations." Rep. Paulsen has worked diligently in Congress to protect our parks, monuments, and civil war battlegrounds. This is the second time Congressman Paulsen has won the recognition.
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  • Paulsen Makes 150th School Visit

    Washington, D.C. – Representative Erik Paulsen (MN-03) visited third graders at Clover Ridge Elementary School in Chaska today to talk about his work as a Member of Congress, and how a bill becomes a law. Paulsen has now visited 150 schools from every school district in the Third Congressional District.
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  • Erik's Correspondence Corner: The Failed Affordable Care Act Roll Out

    Washington, D.C. – In the latest installment of Erik's Correspondence Corner, Congressman Erik Paulsen (MN-03) answers a question sent in from Dan in Bloomington. Dan wrote in explaining the difficulties he's had with the president's new healthcare law. Paulsen also heard from Alex in Mound this week who had a question regarding new regulations on Americans who use financial advisors.
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  • Paulsen Applauds Treasury Department For Changing FSA "Use It or Lose It" Rule

    Washington, D.C. – Today, Congressman Erik Paulsen (MN-03) issued the following statement after the Treasury Department and Internal Revenue Service's (IRS) decision to change the so called "use it or lose it" rule for Flexible Spending Accounts (FSAs). The new ruling will allow individuals who take advantage of FSAs to have $500 roll over to the following year. Paulsen introduced legislation in May to allow $500 in FSA savings to roll over to the next year.
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  • Paulsen Questions Administration Over Rocky Obamacare Roll Out

    Washington, D.C. – Today, Congressman Erik Paulsen (MN-03) participated in the House Ways and Means Committee hearing on the problems Americans are experiencing with the Obama Administration's launch of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). During the hearing the Administrator of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Marilyn Tavenner apologized to the American public for Healthcare.gov's problems. Congressman Paulsen questioned Administrator Tavenner during the hearing; you can find that exchange below.
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  • Erik's Correspondence Corner: Combating Sex Trafficking & The Asian Carp Threat

    Washington, D.C. – In the latest installment of Erik's Correspondence Corner, Congressman Erik Paulsen (MN-03) answers a question sent in from Dustin in Chaska regarding Congressman Paulsen's work to combat the spread of Asian Carp into Minn
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  • Ellison, Walz, Nolan, and Paulsen Applaud Passage of Provision to Stop the Spread of Invasive Carp

    Washington, D.C. – Reps. Keith Ellison (MN-05), Tim Walz (MN-01), Rick Nolan (MN-08), and Erik Paulsen (MN-03) applauded the passage of legislation to stop the spread of invasive carp in Minnesota. The language was included in the Water Resources R
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  • Paulsen Testifies on Combatting Sex Trafficking Before Ways and Means Committee

    Today, Congressman Erik Paulsen (MN-03) testified before the House Ways and Means Committee's Human Resources Subcommittee on the need to address and prevent sex trafficking in our communities and around the nation. Today's hearing reviewed how th
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  • Paulsen Statement on Bipartisan House Action to Open Government, Avoid Default

    Washington, D.C. – Congressman Erik Paulsen (MN-03) issued the following statement after the House took bipartisan action to open the government and avoid a national default.
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  • Erik's Correspondence Corner: Annual Senior Health Fair

    Washington, D.C. – In this week's edition of Erik's Correspondence Corner, Rep. Erik Paulsen (MN-03) answers a question sent in from William in Brooklyn Park regarding an important seniors' issue. Rep. Paulsen also highlights his upcomin
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  • Paulsen on Passage of the Continuing Resolution

    Washington, D.C. – Congressman Erik Paulsen (MN-03) issued the following statement after the house passed a continuing resolution (CR) to keep the government open and ensure all Americans are treated fairly under the president's healthcare law.
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  • Paulsen on Passage of Continuing Resolution

    Votes to Keep The Government Open and American Medical Device Innovation Alive
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  • Paulsen, Enzi: $100 Billion Health Insurance Taxes Deserve Scrutiny

    Washington, D.C. – The President's health care law imposes a number of new taxes on American businesses and individuals that will drain money from Americans' pocketbooks. Among the many taxes and fees imposed by Obamacare is an annual fee le
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  • Paulsen Leads Special Discussion on Repealing the Medical Device Tax

    Washington, D.C. – Last night, Congressman Erik Paulsen (MN-03) lead a special hour-long discussion on the floor of the House of Representatives on the importance of repealing the disastrous medical device tax. Paulsen was joined by a bipartisan gro
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  • Erik's Correspondence Corner: The IRS Investigation & Medical Education

    Washington, D.C. – In this week's edition of Erik's Correspondence Corner, Rep. Erik Paulsen (MN-03) answers a question sent in from Lori in Independence on the continuing Congressional investigation into the IRS targeting scandal. Also this
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  • Paulsen Introduces Bill Requiring Privacy Protections in Obamacare Exchanges

    Washington, D.C. – Congressman Erik Paulsen (MN-03) introduced legislation requiring privacy protections be put in place before Obamacare exchanges open. Recently, an employee at Minnesota's health insurance exchange accidentally emailed the Soc
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  • VIDEO: Paulsen Questions Acting IRS Commissioner

    Today, Representative Erik Paulsen (MN-03) joined fellow Ways and Means Subcommittee on Oversight members in questioning Acting IRS Commissioner Werfel on the continuing investigations into the IRS's targeting of individuals and groups based on their
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  • Erik's Correspondence Corner: Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month & U.S. Involvement in Syria

    Washington, D.C. – In this week's edition of Erik's Correspondence Corner, Rep. Erik Paulsen (MN-03) answers a question sent in from Donna in Coon Rapids on the President's call for U.S. military action in Syria. Also this week, Rep. Pau
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  • Paulsen Co-Sponsors Bipartisan Resolution To Hold Assad Regime Accountable

    Washington, D.C. – Today, Representative Erik Paulsen (MN-03) co-sponsored a resolution establishing a Syrian war crimes tribunal. The resolution, authored by Rep. Chris Smith (NJ-04), calls for an immediate ceasefire in Syria and directs the Pres
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  • Paulsen: The American People Deserve Answers on Benghazi

    Washington, D.C. – Representative Erik Paulsen (MN-03) released the following statement after co-sponsoring H.Res. 36, legislation to establish a House select committee to investigate and report on the deadly attacks on two U.S. facilities in Bengha
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  • Paulsen Celebrates Minnetonka as Google eCity of the Year

    Minnetonka, MN – Representative Erik Paulsen (MN-03) today joined Google, and other Minnesota business leaders at the General Store of Minnetonka to celebrate Minnetonka being named the 2013 eCity of Minnesota. The Google eCity Award recognizes the
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  • Paulsen Statement on New Defense Department Sexual Assault Guidelines

    Washington, D.C. – Today, Representative Erik Paulsen (MN-03) released the following statement regarding the new measures announced by the Department of Defense aimed at combating sexual assault in the U.S. military. In June, legislation (H.R. 1864)
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  • Erik's Correspondence Corner: Reining in Federal Regulations & Protecting America's Bees

    Washington, D.C. – In this week's edition of Erik's Correspondence Corner, Rep. Erik Paulsen (MN-03) answers a question sent in from Suzanne in Chaska regarding Congress's efforts to rein in government regulations. Also this week, Rep. P
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  • Paulsen Applauds Step Forward in Combating Asian Carp Threat

    Natural Resources Committee Holds Hearing on Pivotal Asian Carp Legislation
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  • Erik's Correspondence Corner: Combating Military Sexual Assault & Wasteful Federal Agency Spending

    In this week's edition of Erik's Correspondence Corner, Rep. Erik Paulsen (MN-03) answers a question sent in from Ruth in Champlin on what Congress is doing to curb the wasteful spending of federal agencies on lavish conferences. Also this week, R
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  • Paulsen Introduces Legislation to Increase Transparency and Accountability of Agency Employee Conferences

    Washington, D.C. – Representative Erik Paulsen (R-MN) released the following statement after joining Ron Kind (D-WI) in introducing bipartisan legislation aimed at increasing the transparency, accountability, and fiscal restraint of federal agency c
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  • Erik's Correspondence Corner: Combating Sex Trafficking & Protecting Our National Parks

    Washington, D.C. – In this week's edition of Erik's Correspondence Corner, Rep. Erik Paulsen (MN-03) answers a question sent in from Maggie in Edina on the issue of combating sex trafficking in Minnesota. Also this week, Rep. Paulsen takes a
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  • Paulsen, Slaughter Fight Child Sex Trafficking

    Introduce Legislation to Improve Data and Ensure Victims Receive Needed Care
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  • Paulsen Votes to Delay Harmful ObamaCare Provisions

    House Passes Bills Delaying Employer and Individual Mandates
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  • Erik's Correspondence Corner: ObamaCare Mandate Delay & Animal Rights

    Washington, D.C. – In this week's edition of Erik's Correspondence Corner, Rep. Erik Paulsen (MN-03) answers a question sent in from Alan in Mound on the President's decision to delay a portion of his healthcare law, The Affordable Care
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  • Paulsen, Matheson Introduce Critical Care Legislation

    Bipartisan Proposal Aims to Improve Quality and Value in the Critical Care Delivery
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  • Erik's Correspondence Corner: Taking Action on Energy & PTSD

    Washington, D.C. – In this week's edition of Erik's Correspondence Corner, Rep. Erik Paulsen (MN-03) answers a question sent in from John in Bloomington regarding Rep. Paulsen's work to combat high energy costs and bring down gas prices
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  • House Passes Paulsen Backed Bill Combating Military Sexual Assault

    Legislation Strengthens Military Sexual Crime Whistleblower Protection Laws
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  • Paulsen Presses IRS Commissioner for Answers

    Discusses IRS Targeting of Donors During Ways and Means Hearing
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  • Paulsen: Onerous Regulations Costing American Jobs & Innovation

    Washington, D.C. – Representative Erik Paulsen (MN-03), member of the Ways and Means Committee and Joint Economic Committee (JEC), questioned witnesses during a JEC hearing entitled, "Reducing Unnecessary and Costly Red Tape through Smarter Regulati
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  • Bipartisan Bill Seeks to Strengthen Medicare by Keeping Seniors Healthy

    WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Ron Wyden, D-Ore., and Rob Portman, R-Ohio, and U.S. Representatives Erik Paulsen, R-Minn., Ron Kind, D-Wisc., Tim Griffin, R-Ark., and Marcia Fudge, D-Ohio, today introduced legislation aimed at saving Medicare billions b
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  • Erik's Correspondence Corner: India IP Violations & Protecting Homebound Seniors

    Washington, D.C. – In this week's edition of Erik's Correspondence Corner, Rep. Erik Paulsen (MN-03) answers an email from Reed in Brooklyn Park regarding Rep. Paulsen's work on trade and protecting intellectual property. Also this week,
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  • Paulsen Leads Bipartisan Letter Pressing For Action on India's Intellectual Property Violations

    Washington, D.C. – Rep. Erik Paulsen (R-MN), member of the House Ways and Means Committee, continued his efforts to level the playing field for U.S. workers and businesses competing abroad and to help foster U.S. job creation by leading a bipartisan
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  • Paulsen Applauds Advancement of U.S.-EU Trade Agreement Negotiations

    Washington, D.C. – Today, President Obama announced the launch of official negotiations for a comprehensive trade and investment agreement with the European Union at the G8 summit in Northern Ireland. Last year alone, Minnesota exported $4 billion t
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  • Erik's Correspondence Corner: STEM Education & Protecting Our Service Members

    Washington, D.C. – In this week's edition of Erik's Correspondence Corner, Rep. Erik Paulsen (MN-03) answers an email question sent in from Loriann in Chaska regarding Rep. Paulsen's work to promote Science, Technology, Engineering, and
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  • Proposal Combating Military Sexual Assault Passes House

    Washington, D.C. – The House of Representatives passed this year's National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) today that included a provision co-sponsored by Representative Erik Paulsen (MN-03) to strengthen assault prevention and whistleblower p
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  • Paulsen Bill to Thwart Metal Theft Moves Forward in U.S. Senate

    Washington, D.C. – Today, Representative Erik Paulsen (MN-03)'s bipartisan legislation to crack down on the growing problem of metal theft passed out of the Senate Judiciary Committee. The Metal Theft Prevention Act was introduced in February an
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  • Erik's Correspondence Corner: The IRS Scandal & Charter Schools Legislation

    Washington, D.C. – In this week's edition of Erik's Correspondence Corner, Rep. Erik Paulsen (MN-03) answers an email question sent in from Wendy in Bloomington on developments in the unfolding IRS scandal. Also, Rep. Paulsen takes a questio
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  • Paulsen Introduces Bipartisan All-STAR Act

    Washington, D.C. – Today, Representative Erik Paulsen (MN-03) introduced bipartisan legislation to expand and enhance educational options for Minnesota families. The ALL-STAR Act gives current federal programs the flexibility needed to support the f
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  • ICYMI: Paulsen Discusses IRS Scandal with Targeted Organizations

    Washington, D.C. – Today, Representative Erik Paulsen (MN-03) discussed the IRS's targeting of organizations based on their beliefs with leaders from some of the groups affected. The Ways and Means Committee is leading an investigation into whet
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  • A Special Memorial Day Message from Congressman Erik Paulsen

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  • Erik's Correspondence Corner: Keystone Pipeline & Veterans

    Washington, D.C. – This week on Erik's Correspondence Corner, Rep. Erik Paulsen (MN-03) answers questions sent in from Kate in Maple Plain regarding the Keystone Pipeline and from Terry in Independence on veterans issues.
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  • Paulsen Introduces Bill to Increase Healthcare Choice

    Washington, D.C. – Today, Representative Erik Paulsen (MN-03), member of the Ways and Means Committee, introduced legislation to simplify and enhance the benefits available to Minnesotans who use Health Savings Accounts (HSAs) and Flexible Spending
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  • Paulsen Statement on Friday's Hearing Examining IRS Targeting Conservative Groups

    Washington, D.C. – Representative Erik Paulsen (MN-03), member of the Ways and Means Oversight Subcommittee, released the following statements after the Ways and Means Committee announced a hearing on the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) practice of t
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  • Erik's Correspondence Corner: The Working Families Flexibility Act & Education

    Washington, D.C. – This week on Erik's Correspondence Corner, Rep. Erik Paulsen (MN-03) answers questions sent in from Lindsay in Wayzata and Allen in Chaska. Lindsay joined Rep. Paulsen on his live telephone town hall on Monday, and although sh
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  • Paulsen Helps Award Minnesota ‘Doodle 4 Google' Winner

    Brooklyn Park, MN – Representative Erik Paulsen (MN-03) today joined Google, and students, teachers, friends, and family at Maranatha Christian Academy in Brooklyn Park, to announce that 3rd grader Carlson Nelson was the Minnesota winner of the ‘Doo
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  • Park Center Student Virginia Yang Wins Congressional Art Contest

    Eden Prairie, MN – Rep. Erik Paulsen (MN-03) awarded the grand prize in this year's Third District Congressional Art Competition to Park Center senior, Virginia Yang. Representative Paulsen, who organizes the annual competition, presented award
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  • Erik's Correspondence Corner: National Park Week & FAA Furloughs

    Washington, D.C. – This week on Erik's Correspondence Corner, Rep. Erik Paulsen (MN-03) answers a question sent in from Ellen in Coon Rapids regarding the preservation of our national parks. Also, Rep. Paulsen heard from Robin in Bloomington reg
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  • Paulsen Hosts 4th Annual Job Fair

    Eden Prairie, MN – Representative Erik Paulsen (MN-03) joined 65 employers and close to 1,000 job-seekers Friday at Normandale Community College for his 4th annual job fair. The first hour of the job fair was open solely for veterans and military me
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  • Erik's Correspondence Corner: Cyber Security and Protecting Privacy

    Washington, D.C. – This week on Erik's Correspondence Corner, Rep. Erik Paulsen (MN-03) answers a question sent in from Ken and Donna in Coon Rapids on the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act, commonly referred to as CISPA.
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  • Paulsen Statement on Administration's Announcement about Japan and TPP

    Washington, D.C. – Representative Erik Paulsen (MN-03), member of the Ways and Means Committee, released the following statements after the Administration announced completion of bilateral consultations with Japan about its interest in joining the T
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  • Paulsen Bill to Repeal Medical Device Tax Gains Critical 218th Cosponsor

    Washington, D.C. – Representative Erik Paulsen (MN-03), member of the House Ways and Means Committee, issued the following statement after his legislation to repeal the new 2.3% excise tax on American-made medical devices gained its 218th cosponsor,
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  • Paulsen Talks #MedDeviceTax Repeal on Hugh Hewitt Show

    Washington, D.C. – Representative Erik Paulsen (MN-03), a member of the Ways and Means Committee and author of H.R. 523, legislation to repeal the new 2.3% excise tax on American medical innovation, joined the Hugh Hewitt radio show on Monday evenin
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  • Erik's Correspondence Corner: Preserving Healthcare Choice & Passing a Budget

    Washington, D.C. – This week on Erik's Correspondence Corner, Rep. Erik Paulsen (MN-03) answers a question sent in by Christine in Coon Rapids who called in with her thoughts on recent changes to how consumers can utilize their health savings ac
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  • Paulsen: It's Time Washington Delivers on a Balanced Budget

    Washington, D.C. – Representative Erik Paulsen (MN-03), member of the House Ways and Means Committee, issued the following statement upon the passage of the Path to Prosperity, the House Republican fiscal year 2014 budget resolution.
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  • Paulsen, Johanns Introduce Legislation Giving Families Health Care Flexibility, Freedom

    Washington, D.C. – U.S. Rep. Erik Paulsen (R-Minn.) and Sen. Mike Johanns (R-Neb.) today introduced legislation repealing restrictions placed on health savings accounts (HSA) and flexible spending accounts (FSA) in the President's health care la
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  • Erik's Correspondence Corner: The SKILLS Act and The Distinguished Warfare Medal

    Washington, D.C. – This week on Erik's Correspondence Corner, Rep. Erik Paulsen (MN-03) answers a question sent in from David in Maple Grove on the SKILLS Act and phone calls from Ray in Mound and Charles in Edina on the ranking of the new Disti
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  • Paulsen Statement on Japan's Interest in Joining TPP Talks

    Washington, D.C. – Representative Erik Paulsen (MN-03) released the following statement following Japan's announcement of its interest in joining the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP).
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  • Paulsen, Quigley Introduce Immigration Bill to Encourage Advancements in Research and Technology

    Washington, D.C. – Rep. Erik Paulsen (MN-03) and Rep. Mike Quigley (IL-05) today introduced the Stopping Trained in America Ph.D.s from Leaving the Economy Act (STAPLE Act) which would exempt foreign-born individuals who have earned an American Ph.D
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  • Paulsen Applauds Passage of The SKILLS Act

    Washington, D.C. – Rep. Erik Paulsen (MN-03) released the following statement following the passage of the bipartisan Supporting Knowledge and Investing in Lifelong Skills (SKILLS) Act. The legislation streamlines 35 ineffective and duplicative prog
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  • Paulsen: Work Requirement Key to Welfare Program Success

    Washington, D.C. – Representative Erik Paulsen (MN-03) today voted in favor of the "Preserving Work Requirement's for Welfare Programs Act", legislation rejecting the Administration's plan to allow states to waive work requirements for welfa
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  • Erik's Correspondence Corner: The Violence Against Women Act

    Washington, D.C. – This week on Erik's Correspondence Corner, Rep. Erik Paulsen (MN-03) answers an important question on the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) that he's received from constituents around the district. Last week, Rep. Paulsen
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  • Paulsen: Medical Device Tax Already Costing U.S. Jobs & Innovation

    Washington, D.C. – Representative Erik Paulsen (MN-03), a member of the Ways and Means Oversight Subcommittee, attended a hearing this afternoon discussing the tax-related provisions in the President's health care law. The subcommittee heard fro
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  • Paulsen, McHenry Seek to Reform Law to Protect Funds for Low, Moderate Income Residents

    Washington, D.C. – Representative Erik Paulsen (MN-03) and Representative Patrick McHenry (NC-10) today introduced the Ensuring Proper Community Investments Act, legislation that seeks to make sure Community Development Block Grants (CDBG) are used
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  • Paulsen Supports Victims of Domestic Violence and Abuse

    Washington, D.C. – Representative Erik Paulsen (MN-03) today voted in favor of the Violence Against Women Act Reauthorization of 2013. He made the following statement after the legislation passed the House of Representatives on a strong bipartisan v
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  • In New Congress, Paulsen, Klobuchar Reintroduce Bipartisan Bill to Crack Down on Rise in Metal Theft

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Representative Erik Paulsen (R-MN) and U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) today reintroduced bipartisan legislation in the new Congress to crack down on the growing problem of metal theft. Metal theft has jumped more than 80%
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  • Erik's Correspondence Corner: Conservation & The State of The Union

    Washington, D.C. – This week on Erik's Correspondence Corner, Rep. Erik Paulsen (MN-03) answers questions from students at Rogers Middle School on the issue of conservation, and discusses the President's State of The Union Address after hear
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  • Paulsen Appointed to Joint Economic Committee

    Joins Influential Committee That Recommends Policies to Grow U.S. Economy
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  • Paulsen Introduces Legislation to Celebrate 100th Anniversary of National Park Service

    Washington, D.C. – Representative Erik Paulsen (MN-03) today introduced legislation to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service in 2016. HR. 627 will authorize the minting of a series of commemorative coins: a five dollar gold c
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  • Erik's Correspondence Corner: Asian Carp & Budget Reform

    Washington, D.C. – This week on Erik's Correspondence Corner, Rep. Erik Paulsen (MN-03) answers questions from Shane in Eden Prairie, and Brendan in Minnetonka. Shane wrote Rep. Paulsen a letter expressing his concerns with the health of Minneso
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  • Paulsen, Kind Introduce Medical Device Tax Repeal Bill

    Washington, D.C. – Representative Erik Paulsen (R-MN) and Representative Ron Kind (D-WI), today introduced H.R. 523, the Protect Medical Innovation Act, bipartisan legislation aimed at repealing the 2.3 percent excise tax on medical device innovatio
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  • Paulsen on Passage of ‘No Budget, No Pay' Bill

    Washington, D.C. – Representative Erik Paulsen (MN-03), released the following statement after the House passed H.R. 325, The No Budget No Pay Act. The legislation allows Congress to responsibly manage the nation's finances while forcing the Sen
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  • Paulsen Statement on Debt Limit Committee Hearing

    Washington, D.C. – Representative Erik Paulsen (MN-03) released the following statement following today's Ways and Means Committee hearing, which examined the role and purpose of the debt limit, past practices regarding increases in the debt lim
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  • Paulsen Applauds Passage of Pandemic and All-Hazards Preparedness Reauthorization Act

    Washington, D.C. – Representative Erik Paulsen (MN-03), issued the following statement after the House passed H.R. 307, the Pandemic and All-Hazards Preparedness Reauthorization Act. The legislation would support the readiness of the public health s
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  • Paulsen Presses for Action on Russia Adoption Ban

    Washington, D.C. – Representative Erik Paulsen (MN-03), joined the House and Senate Congressional Coalition on Adoption in pressing President Obama and Russian President Vladimir Putin for action on Russia's recent ban on U.S. adoptions. The bip
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  • Erik's Correspondence Corner: Russian Adoption Ban and Debt Limit Negotiations

    Washington, D.C. – In this week's installment of his video series Erik's Correspondence Corner, Rep. Erik Paulsen (MN-03) took time to answer constituent questions sent in regarding recent moves by the Russian government to block adoptions o
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  • Paulsen Commends Signing of Protect our Kids Act into Law

    Washington, D.C. – Representative Erik Paulsen (MN-03), released the following statement after the President signed the "Protect our Kids Act of 2012," into law. The legislation, which Paulsen co-sponsored and held hearings on as Acting Chairman of
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  • Paulsen Sworn In as 113th Congress Convenes

    Washington, D.C. – Rep. Erik Paulsen (MN-03) issued the following statement after being sworn into the 113th Congress. Rep. Paulsen kicks off his third term representing the Third Congressional District of Minnesota in the House of Representatives.
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  • Paulsen Statement on Fiscal Cliff Vote

    Washington, D.C. – Representative Erik Paulsen (MN-03), released the following statement after voting against the Senate deal regarding the fiscal cliff:
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  • Paulsen Applauds Passage of Protect Our Kids Act

    Washington, D.C. – Representative Erik Paulsen (MN-03), Acting Chairman of the Ways and Means Subcommittee on Human Resources, issued the following statement after the House passed the Protect Our Kids Act, legislation which establishes a commission
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  • Paulsen Discusses Repeal of Medical Device Tax on Fox and Friends

    Tax a "Ticking Time Bomb" for American Jobs and U.S. Leadership in Medical Technology
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  • Paulsen to President: Higher Taxes on Medical Innovation Not a Prescription for Jobs

    Obama to laid off medical technology employees: you're "doing really well right now"
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  • Paulsen Holds Hearing on Preventing Child Abuse and Neglect

    Washington, D.C. – Rep. Erik Paulsen (MN-03), Acting Chairman of the Ways and Means Subcommittee on Human Resources, held a hearing today to examine a bipartisan proposal which addresses child fatalities due to neglect and abuse. The Protect our Kid
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  • Paulsen to Senate: Action is Needed on Device Tax Now

    Washington, D.C. – Rep. Erik Paulsen (MN-03) applauded Senate Democrats' call for action to delay the medical device tax. A letter signed by 18 Democrat Senators was sent to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) asking to delay this job-crush
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  • Erik's Correspondence Corner: Preventing Child Abuse and Neglect & Reforming The Tax Code

    Washington, D.C. – Rep. Erik Paulsen (MN-03) took time this week to continue his weekly video conversation with his constituents by answering questions sent in from around the district. Congressman Paulsen answers a question sent in from Illena in W
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  • Paulsen Sends Letter To Governor Dayton

    Washington, D.C. – Following up on a meeting between Minnesota Governor Dayton and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid earlier this week, Representative Erik Paulsen (MN-03), on Wednesday sent a letter to Governor Dayton pressing for the inclusion of
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  • Paulsen Remembers Life of Cold Spring Police Officer Tom Decker

    Washington, DC- Representative Erik Paulsen (MN-03) today remembered Cold Spring Officer Tom Decker in a speech on the floor of the House of Representatives. Officer Decker was shot twice and killed last week while responding to a welfare check. He leaves
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  • Paulsen Statement on IRS Medical Device Tax Regulation

    Washington, D.C. – Representative Erik Paulsen (MN-03), Acting Chairman of the Ways and Means Subcommittee on Human Resources, released the following statement after the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) issued the final regulation on how the new nearl
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  • Erik's Correspondence Corner: Controlling Spending & STEM Jobs Acts

    Washington, D.C. – In the most recent installment of his weekly video conversation with neighbors, Representative Erik Paulsen (MN-03) took time to answer questions sent in from constituents in Long Lake and Coon Rapids. Richard emailed in with his
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  • Erik's Correspondence Corner: Fiscal Cliff & Trade with Russia

    Washington, D.C. – In the first post-election installment of his weekly video conversation, Representative Erik Paulsen (MN-03) took time to answer questions sent in from around the district regarding important initiatives currently before Congress.
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  • Paulsen Applauds Passage of PNTR with Russia

    Washington, D.C. – Representative Erik Paulsen (MN-03), Acting Chairman of the Ways and Means Subcommittee on Human Resources, released the following statement after the House voted to extend permanent normal trade relations with Russia with a bipar
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  • Paulsen Presents Wayzata's Paimon Pakzad with Congressional Award Medal for Service

    Eden Prairie, MN – On Wednesday, Rep. Erik Paulsen (MN-03) presented Blake graduate Paimon Pakzad with the prestigious Congressional Award Medal. Youth Congressional Awards for Volunteer Services recognize young people who exemplify the principles o
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  • Paulsen Presents Minnetonka's Britta Hanson with Congressional Award Medal for Service

    Eden Prairie, MN – On Wednesday, Representative Erik Paulsen (MN-03) presented Hopkins High School junior Britta Hanson with the prestigious Congressional Award Medal. Youth Congressional Awards for Volunteer Services recognize young people who exem
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  • Paulsen Applauds Implementation of U.S.-Panama Trade Promotion Agreement

    Eden Prairie, MN – Representative Erik Paulsen (MN-03), Acting Chairman of the Ways and Means Subcommittee on Human Resources, issued the following statement after U.S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk announced that the U.S.-Panama Trade Promotion Agr
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  • Erik's Correspondence Corner: Welfare Work Requirement & the STEM Jobs Act

    Washington, D.C. – Representative Erik Paulsen (MN-03) took time this week to answer questions sent in from constituents in Dayton, Minnesota, for this week's video conversation. Marlene wrote in with her thoughts on the House's vote to ensu
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  • Erik's Correspondence Corner: Education Reform & The Estate Tax

    Washington, D.C. – In the most recent installment of his weekly video conversation with neighbors, Representative Erik Paulsen (MN-03) took time to answer questions sent in from around the district regarding important initiatives currently before Co
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  • Paulsen Named "Guardian of Small Business" by The National Federation of Independent Business

    Washington, D.C. – Representative Erik Paulsen (MN-03) today was awarded the coveted Guardian of Small Business Award from the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB), one of our nation's leading small business associations. Rep. Paul
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  • Paulsen Questions IRS Deputy Commissioner on Medical Device Tax

    Washington, D.C. – During today's House Ways and Means Subcommittee on Oversight hearing on the IRS implementation of the new healthcare law, Representative Erik Paulsen (MN-03), Acting Chairman of the House Ways and Means Subcommittee on Human
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  • Paulsen: We Will Never Forget September 11th

    Washington, D.C. – Representative Erik Paulsen (MN-03) took to the floor of the House of Representatives on the 11th anniversary of the September 11th attacks to pay tribute to all those who lost their lives that morning and to the men and women of
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  • Paulsen Statement on August Unemployment Numbers

    Millions sit on the sidelines as Administration policies such as Looming Medical Device Tax threaten more U.S. Jobs
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  • Erik's Correspondence Corner: Looming Year-End Tax Hike & Violence Against Women Act

    Washington, D.C. – This week, Representative Erik Paulsen (MN-03) took time to answer questions sent in from Mike in Rogers who wrote in asking about Congress' work to stop the year-end tax hikes. Jan in Plymouth, Barbara in Eden Prairie, and Ka
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  • Paulsen: Tax Code Needs to Be Simpler, Fairer, and More Competitive for All Americans

    Washington, D.C. – Rep. Erik Paulsen (MN-03), Acting Chairman of the Ways and Means Human Resources Committee, delivered the following remarks on the house floor in support of H.R. 6169, the Pathway to Job Creation through a Simpler, Fairer Tax Code
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  • Paulsen Votes to Block Job Crushing Tax Hike

    Washington, D.C. – Rep. Erik Paulsen (MN-03), member of the House Ways and Means Committee, today voted in favor of H.R. 8, the Job Protection and Recession Prevention Act, legislation to stop the looming year-end tax hikes which could cost 710,000
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  • Erik's Correspondence Corner: Cutting Red Tape & Auditing the Fed

    Washington, D.C. – In the most recent installment of his weekly video conversation with neighbors, Representative Erik Paulsen (MN-03) took time to answer questions sent in from around the district regarding important initiatives currently before Co
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  • Paulsen Applauds Committee Approval of PNTR with Russia and Moldova

    Washington, D.C. – Representative Erik Paulsen (MN-03), member of the House Ways and Means Committee, issued the following statement on the passage out of the Ways and Means Committee of legislation extending permanent normal trade relations (PNTR)
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  • Paulsen Votes to Slash Red Tape

    Washington, D.C. – Representative Erik Paulsen (MN-03), member of the House Ways and Means Committee, today voted in favor of a package of seven bills aimed at providing additional regulatory relief from the red tape that continues to burden small b
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  • Paulsen Named "Best of Congress" by Working Mothers Magazine

    Washington, D.C. – Representative Erik Paulsen (MN-03) today was awarded the 2012 Best of Congress Award by Working Mothers Media and Corporate Voices for Working Families. The Award is given to select members of Congress for their leadership in sup
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  • Erik's Correspondence Corner: Stopping Tax Hikes & Veterans Jobs Bills

    Washington, D.C. – Continuing his effort to keep the lines of communication open with constituents, Representative Erik Paulsen (MN-03) took time to answer questions sent in from around the district regarding important initiatives currently before C
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  • Paulsen Cosponsors Legislation to Grant Russia Permanent Normal Trade Relations

    Washington, D.C. – Representative Erik Paulsen (MN-03), member of the Ways and Means Committee, released the following statement on the introduction of legislation granting permanent normal trade relations (PNTR) with Russia.
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  • 25th ECC Video - Working to Keep the Lines of Communication Open

    In the 25th installment of his weekly video series "Erik's Correspondence Corner", Representative Erik Paulsen (MN-03) directly answers questions from constituents across the district. Grant in Bloomington wrote in asking what Congress is doing to hel
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  • Erik's Correspondence Corner: The Supreme Court Decision & Long Term Transportation Reform

    Washington, D.C. – Continuing his effort to keep the lines of communication open with constituents, Representative Erik Paulsen (MN-03) took time this morning to answer questions send in from around the district regarding important initiatives curre
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  • Paulsen Statement on Supreme Court Decision

    Washington, D.C. – Representative Erik Paulsen (MN-03), member of the House Ways and Means Committee, today issues the following statement on the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling on the constitutionality of the president's health care law:
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  • Erik's Correspondence Corner: American Energy Initiatives & The Trans-Pacific Partnership Trade Negotiations

    Washington, D.C. – Representative Erik Paulsen (MN-03) continued his weekly video conversation with neighbors by answering questions sent in from John in Eden Prairie and Susan in Plymouth. John emailed Representative Paulsen asking his thoughts on
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  • Paulsen Applauds Bipartisan Passage of The Domestic Energy and Jobs Act

    Washington, D.C. – With Minnesota families and small businesses still struggling with rising energy costs in a slow economy, the House took action this week on a package of seven energy bills that address high energy costs and help create American j
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  • Paulsen: FDA Approval Process Must be Rigorous and Relevant

    Washington, D.C. – Rep. Erik Paulsen (MN-03), member of the House Ways and Means Committee, took to the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives in support of the FDA user fee legislation which passed by a voice vote. Included in the package was a
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  • Paulsen Statement on Invitation for Canada to Join Trans-Pacific Partnership

    Washington, D.C. – Representative Erik Paulsen (MN-03), member of the House Ways and Means Committee, today issued the following statements in response to the announcement of the invitation for Canada to join the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) nego
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  • Paulsen Statement on Invitation for Mexico to Join Trans-Pacific Partnership

    Washington, D.C. – Representative Erik Paulsen (MN-03) today issued the following statements in response to the announcement of the invitation for Mexico to join the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) negotiations
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  • Paulsen Bill to Repeal Job Killing Tax Sails Through House with Bipartisan Support

    Washington, D.C. – Today, Rep. Erik Paulsen's (MN-03) Healthcare Costs Reduction Act passed on the floor of the House of Representatives by a bipartisan vote of 270 to 146. The bill would repeal a new $29 billion tax on American medical device c
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  • Erik's Correspondence Corner: Energy Policy & Investment Tax Increases

    Washington, D.C. – Representative Erik Paulsen (MN-03) continued his weekly video conversation with neighbors by answering questions sent in from Cal of Minnetonka and Warren and Donna of Maple Grove. Cal emailed Representative Paulsen asking his th
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  • Paulsen Legislation Heads to House Floor for Vote

    Washington, D.C. - Representative Erik Paulsen's legislation to repeal the new $29 billion excise tax on medical devices cleared a legislative hurdle today when it was overwhelmingly approved by the Ways & Means Committee, the chief tax writing commit
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  • Paulsen Opening Statement: Mark-up of Medical Device Repeal Legislation

    Representative Paulsen's opening statement during the Ways and Means Committee mark-up of his medical device tax repeal legislation.
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  • Paulsen Provisions Included in House Passed FDA Reform Package

    Washington, D.C. – Today, the House of Representatives passed a package of provisions aimed at reforming an often inefficient and bureaucratic Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Over the past two years, Representative Erik Paulsen (MN-03) has worke
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  • Erik's Correspondence Corner: Minnesota National Guard & Trade with the European Union

    Washington, D.C. – Representative Erik Paulsen (MN-03) continued his weekly constituent video conversation today by answering questions sent in from across the district regarding recent detrimental changes to Minnesota National Guard leave rules, as
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  • Paulsen Leads Bipartisan Letter Pressing For Increased European Trade

    Washington, D.C. – Continuing his efforts to level the playing field for U.S. workers and businesses competing abroad and to help foster U.S. job creation, Rep. Erik Paulsen (R-MN), member of the House Ways and Means Committee, joined Rep. Richard N
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  • Paulsen Statement on U.S.–Colombia Trade Agreement Entry into Force

    Washington, D.C. – Representative Erik Paulsen (MN-03), member of the House Ways and Means Committee, issued the following statement in reaction to the U.S.-Colombia Trade Promotion Agreement entering into force today. With the implementation of the
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  • House Ways and Means Members Introduce Legislation to Fight Tax Fraud

    Washington, D.C. – Today, Congressman Erik Paulsen (R-MN) joined fellow Ways and Means Committee members Chairman Charles Boustany (R-LA), Ranking Member John Lewis (D-GA), and Ranking Member Jim McDermott (D-WA), in introducing the "Fighting Tax F
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  • Paulsen Hosts 3rd Annual Job Fair in Brooklyn Center

    Eden Prairie, MN – Representative Erik Paulsen (MN-03) spent Monday at the Earle Brown Heritage Center in Brooklyn Center talking with over 50 businesses looking to connect with hundreds of potential employees in attendance.
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  • Erik's Correspondence Corner: Cyber Security & Seniors Initiatives

    Washington, D.C. – In his continuing effort to keep the lines of communication open with constituents, Rep. Erik Paulsen (MN-03) took time on Friday to answer questions from Anne in Wayzata and Keith in Bloomington.
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  • Paulsen Holds Seniors Fair with Identity Theft Seminar

    Eden Prairie, MN - Representative Erik Paulsen (MN-03) is holding a free Seniors Fair on Wednesday, May 2, 2012, for area seniors. The Seniors Fair will include representatives from area organizations (listed below) that will be on hand to answer question
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  • Paulsen Joins Local Non-Profit in Promoting SNAP Program Reform Legislation

    Highlighting his recent legislation that ensures Minnesota's low-income seniors receive the food they need to remain healthy and independent, Rep. Erik Paulsen (MN-03) today joined Roseville-based senior delivery company Store To Door in delivering g
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  • Erik's Correspondence Corner: Small Business Tax Reform & Flexible Spending Accounts

    In this week's installment of "Erik's Correspondence Corner" video series, Representative Erik Paulsen (MN-03) directly responds to questions sent in from Scott in Wayzata and Lynda in Coon Rapids. Scott, a small business owner, wrote in expr
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  • Erik's Correspondence Corner: Supreme Court Arguments & Asian Carp

    Washington, D.C. – Continuing his efforts to keep the lines of communication open with constituents, Rep. Erik Paulsen (MN-03) today released the latest installment of his weekly video series, "Erik's Correspondence Corner". In this week's v
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  • Paulsen and McCollum Introduce Legislation to Help Minnesota Seniors Utilize SNAP Benefits

    Washington, D.C. – Representative Erik Paulsen (MN-03) and Representative Betty McCollum (MN-04) today introduced legislation aimed at ensuring Minnesota's homebound seniors don't go hungry.
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  • U.S. Chamber Presents Paulsen with Spirit of Enterprise Award

    Washington, D.C. – Representative Erik Paulsen (MN-03) was honored today by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce with the organization's Spirit of Enterprise Award for his work in supporting pro-growth jobs initiatives in the first session of the 112th
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  • Rep. Paulsen to Host Third-Annual Job Fair

    Eden Prairie, MN– With the economy slow to recover and many Minnesotans still looking for work, Representative Erik Paulsen (MN-03) today announced that he will be hosting his third-annual job fair to help Minnesotans looking for work connect with b
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  • Paulsen Votes to Send JOBS Act To President

    Washington, D.C. – Rep. Erik Paulsen (MN-03) today voted in favor of the bipartisan Senate-amended JOBS Act which now goes to the President's desk to be signed into law. The legislation passed in the U.S. House on March 8th by a 390-23 vote and
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  • Erik's Correspondence Corner: IPAB Repeal & The House Republican Budget

    Washington, D.C. – In this week's installment of "Erik's Correspondence Corner" video series, Representative Erik Paulsen (MN-03) directly responds to a question sent in from Allison in Corcoran regarding this week's House vote to repea
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  • Paulsen: Unelected, Unaccountable Bureaucrats Should Not Direct Healthcare Policy

    Washington, D.C. – Rep. Erik Paulsen (MN-03) joined a majority of Representatives today in voting for the repeal of the Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB). IPAB is a powerful new board of unelected and unaccountable bureaucrats whose job will
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  • Paulsen Discusses Healthcare Reform on FOX News

    Eden Prairie, MN – Representative Erik Paulsen (MN-03), member of the House Ways and Means Committee, appeared this afternoon on Fox News' America's News HQ program to discuss the dangers of the Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB) outl
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  • Erik's Correspondence Corner: Bipartisanship & Trade

    In this week's installment of "Erik's Correspondence Corner" video series, Representative Erik Paulsen (MN-03) directly responds to questions sent in from constituents regarding his bipartisan work in Congress, as well as questions on his effort
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  • Paulsen Praises Passage of JOBS Act

    Washington, D.C. – Rep. Erik Paulsen (MN-03) released the following statement after the bipartisan Jumpstart Our Business Startups (JOBS) Act passed the House by a bipartisan vote of 390 to 23. This legislation will help get American small business
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  • Paulsen Statement on Asian Carp Legislation

    Washington, D.C. – Rep. Erik Paulsen (MN-03) released the following statement after signing onto the bipartisan Upper Mississippi Conservation and River Protection Act (Upper Mississippi CARP Act), legislation that would help protect Minnesota's
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  • Paulsen Co-sponsors Bill to Protect American Job Creators

    Washington, D.C. – In an effort to level the playing field for U.S. job creators and workers who face unfairly subsidized imports from countries like China, Rep. Erik Paulsen (MN-03), member of the House Ways and Means Committee, today voted for H.R
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  • Erik's Correspondence Corner: St. Croix Bridge Project & Healthcare Reform

    Washington, D.C. – In this week's installment of "Erik's Correspondence Corner" video series, Representative Erik Paulsen (MN-03) directly responds to questions sent in regarding the St. Croix Bridge project and reforms in the President
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  • Paulsen Holds Congress on the Corner Event in Maple Grove

    Maple Grove, MN – Continuing his efforts to keep the lines of communication open with constituents, Rep. Erik Paulsen (MN-03) today held a "Congress on the Corner" event at the Cub Foods store in Maple Grove. Rep. Paulsen met with constituents one-o
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  • Erik's Correspondence Corner: The President's Budget Proposal

    Washington, D.C. – The President released his budget proposal this week, calling for higher taxes, record level spending increases, and more debt. Representative Erik Paulsen (MN-03), member of the Ways and Means Committee, continued his weekly conv
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  • Paulsen Responds to the Release of President Obama's 2013 Budget

    Washington, D.C. – This morning, President Obama introduced his Fiscal Year 2013 budget proposal, calling for tax hikes, record level spending increases, and more debt. Representative Erik Paulsen (MN-03), member of the House Ways and Means Committe
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  • Paulsen Praises Passage of STOCK Act

    Washington, D.C. – Representative Erik Paulsen (MN-03) today voted in favor of the Stop Trading on Congressional Knowledge Act, or STOCK Act, which passed the House by a vote of 417 to 2. The legislation, which Rep. Paulsen co-sponsored, would proh
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  • Paulsen Applauds Passage of Line Item Veto/Rescission Authority

    Washington, D.C. –Representative Erik Paulsen (MN-03) today voted in favor of the Expedited Legislative Line-Item Veto and Rescissions Act. Introduced by Budget Committee Chairman Rep. Ryan (R-WI) and Ranking Member Rep. Van Hollen (D-MD), and co-s
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  • Erik's Correspondence Corner: STOCK Act & Budget Reform

    Washington, D.C. – Continuing his efforts to keep the lines of communication open with constituents, Rep. Erik Paulsen (MN-03) took time this week to directly respond to questions sent in from Edina and Coon Rapids on the STOCK Act and budget reform
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  • Paulsen Disappointed As Obama Administration Moves To Implement Job-Crushing Medical Innovation Tax

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – House Medical Technology Caucus co-chair Rep. Erik Paulsen (MN-03) issued the following statement after the Treasury Department released its plan to implement the $20 billion tax on Minnesota-made medical devices. A recent study f
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  • Klobuchar, Paulsen Meet with FDA Commissioner to Discuss Improving Medical Device Approval Process, Encouraging Innovation

    WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar and U.S. Representative Erik Paulsen today met with Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Commissioner Margaret Hamburg to discuss ways to improve the medical device approval process and encourage innovation.
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  • Paulsen Calls for Restoring FSA Access for All Medicine Purchases

    Washington, D.C. – Rep. Erik Paulsen (MN-03) issued the following statement highlighting a new study commissioned by the Consumer Healthcare Products Association, which found that for every dollar spent on over-the-counter (OTC) medicines, the U.S.
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  • Erik's Correspondence Corner: U.S. Manufacturing & The State of the Union

    Washington, D.C. – Rep. Erik Paulsen (MN-03), a member of the House Ways and Means Committee, today released the most recent installment of his constituent video series, Erik's Correspondence Corner. This week, Rep. Paulsen responds to Theresa i
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  • Paulsen Statement on the State of the Union Address

    Washington, D.C. – Rep. Erik Paulsen (MN-03), a member of the House Committee on Ways and Means, released the following statement in response to President Obama's State of the Union Address:
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  • Paulsen Statement on Giffords Decision to Leave Congress

    Eden Prairie, MN - Rep. Erik Pauslen (MN-03) released the following statement in response to the news that Rep. Gabby Giffords (AZ-08) will be stepping down from Congress this week.
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  • Erik's Correspondence Corner: Debt Limit & Keystone XL Energy Project

    Washington, D.C. – In the first installment of "Erik's Correspondence Corner" video series of 2012, Rep. Erik Paulsen (MN-03) responds to Tom in Bloomington who wrote in to address his concerns regarding increasing our national debt to more than
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  • Paulsen Statement On Debt Ceiling Vote

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – Rep. Erik Paulsen (MN-03), a member of the House Ways and Means Committee, released the following statement after voting against President Obama's request to raise the debt ceiling by $1.2 trillion to $16.4 trillion
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  • Paulsen to the President: Follow Through on Promises & Support Pro-Growth Policies

    Eden Prairie, MN – Representative Erik Paulsen (MN-03), member of the House Ways and Means Committee, issued the following remarks after the White House's ‘Insourcing American Jobs' forum where the President urged the nation's corporate
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  • Paulsen Statement on December Jobs Report

    Eden Prairie, MN – Representative Erik Paulsen (MN-03), member of the House Ways and Means Committee, released the following statement in reaction to the December jobs report put out by the U.S. Department of Labor. Nonfarm payrolls rose by 200,000
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  • Erik's Correspondence Corner: Synthetic Drugs & Iran Sanctions

    Washington, D.C. – With more than 1,000 letters, emails, tweets and Facebook posts sent in to his office this week, Rep. Erik Paulsen (MN-03) took time today to directly respond to questions sent in from Rogers and Greenfield on the topics of synthe
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  • ICYMI: PAULSEN BLOG: Pressing Administration for Action on FDA

    Minnesota is home to more than 400 innovative medical technology companies – employing more than 35,000 Minnesotans. From life saving heart stents to life improving artificial joints, the products and services created by these medical device compani
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  • Paulsen Introduces Bill To Close 'Strip Club Loophole'

    (REMARKS AS PREPARED FOR DELIVERY)
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  • Paulsen Statement on the Middle Class Tax Relief & Job Creation Act

    Washington, D.C. – Representative Erik Paulsen (MN-03), member of the House Ways & Means Committee, released the following statement after the passage of The Middle Class Tax Relief & Job Creation Act, which passed the House with a bipartisan vote o
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  • Erik's Correspondence Corner: Transportation & Energy Regulations

    Washington, D.C. – In his continuing efforts to keep the lines of communication open with constituents, Rep. Erik Paulsen (MN-03) took time this week to directly respond to questions sent in from Bloomington and Edina on the topics of transportation
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  • Paulsen Praises Passage of REINS Act

    Washington, D.C. - In an effort to restore accountability to the regulatory process, Representative Erik Paulsen (MN-03), member of the House Ways and Means Committee, voted for the passage of the Regulations From the Executive in Need of Scrutiny (REINS)
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  • Paulsen Signs Onto Bipartisan Line Item Veto Legislation

    Washington, D.C. – In a move to help address this country's spending-driven debt crisis, Representative Erik Paulsen (MN-03) signed onto the bipartisan Expedited Line-Item Veto and Rescissions Act. This bill is co-authored by House Budget Commit
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  • Erik's Correspondence Corner: Super Committee & Healthcare Technology Costs

    Washington, D.C. - In this week's installment of "Erik's Correspondence Corner" video series, Representative Erik Paulsen (MN-03) directly responds to questions on the inaction of the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction and the cost of n
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  • Paulsen Statement on November Jobs Report

    Washington, D.C. – Representative Erik Paulsen (MN-03), member of the House Ways and Means Committee, released the following statement in reaction to the November jobs report put out by the U.S. Department of Labor. Nonfarm payrolls rose by 120,000
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  • Paulsen Encourages Minnesotans to "Shop Small" on Small Business Saturday

    Eden Prairie, MN – Representative Erik Paulsen (MN-03) released a video message encouraging Minnesotans to shop at their area small businesses this Saturday and support local job creators on the busiest shopping weekend of the year.By purchasing goo
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  • Paulsen: Well Past Time for Balance Budget Amendment

    Washington, D.C. – In advance of a vote on the Balanced Budget Amendment, Rep, Erik Paulsen (MN-03), took to the floor of the House to speak out in favor of requiring Washington to get its fiscal house in order. Paulsen is a co-sponsor of H.J. Res.
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  • Paulsen: Repeal of 3% Withholding Rule Good for Hospitals & Job Creators

    Washington, D.C. – Rep. Erik Paulsen (MN-03) released the following statement after the House of Representatives voted to repeal the 3% withholding rule for government contractors. The pending rule requires the government to withhold 3% on certain p
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  • Paulsen Applauds Advancement of Trans-Pacific Partnership Negotiations

    Eden Prairie, MN – The United States and its Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) partners reached an agreement today on an outline for an ambitious, job-creating trade agreement between the nine TPP countries. TPP negotiators from the United States, Aus
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  • Congressional Medical Technology Caucus to FDA: Serious Concerns About Approval Process for Medical Devices

    Washington, D.C. – Yesterday, the co-chairs of the bipartisan, bicameral Congressional Medical Technology Caucus – Reps. Anna G. Eshoo (D-CA) and Erik Paulsen (R-MN) and Sens. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) and Scott P. Brown (R-MA) – released a l
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  • Let Us Never Forget: Paulsen Delivers Veterans Day Message

    Washington, D.C. – Since 1919, the nation has set aside November 11th as a day to remember all those who have worn the uniform of our armed forces. This week, Representative Erik Paulsen (MN-03), released a message urging constituents to join him i
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  • Erik's Correspondence Corner: Helping Small Businesses & Medicare Reform

    Washington, D.C. – In this week's installment of "Erik's Correspondence Corner" video series, Representative Erik Paulsen (MN-03) directly responds to questions on expanding access to credit for American small businesses, and Medicare refo
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  • Paulsen Meets with Members of Norwegian Parliament

    Washington, D.C. – Today, Representative Erik Paulsen (MN-03), co-chair of the House Friends of Norway Caucus, was among members of the Friends of Norway Caucus to meet with the Norwegian Parliament's Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs at the
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  • Paulsen Legislation to Repeal Medical Innovation Tax Gains 204 Co-Sponsors

    Washington, D.C. – In the fight to protect U.S. medical device manufacturing jobs, 204 members of the House have now joined Representative Erik Paulsen (MN-03) on his bipartisan bill to repeal the $20 billion medical innovation tax. The tax is part
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  • Erik's Correspondence Corner: U.S.-China Economic Relations & Education Reform

    Washington, D.C. – In this week's installment of "Erik's Correspondence Corner" video series, Representative Erik Paulsen (MN-03) directly responds to questions on the U.S. – China economic relationship and education reform from cons
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  • Paulsen Praises Passage of Bill Repealing 3% Withholding Tax

    Washington, D.C. – Representative Erik Paulsen (MN-03) released the following statement after the passage of H.R. 674, a bill to repeal the 3% withholding rate for government contractors. In 2006, Congress created a rule which required the governmen
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  • Paulsen to Hold Medical Device Field Hearing in Indianapolis

    Eden Prairie, MN – On Monday, October 24, Rep. Erik Paulsen (MN-03), co-chair of the House Medical Technology Caucus will hold a field hearing in Indianapolis on the state of the medical device industry with members of the Indiana delegation. The fo
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  • Paulsen Statement on Iraq Withdrawal

    Eden Prairie, MN – Representative Erik Paulsen (MN-03) released the following statement regarding the withdrawal of U.S. troops from Iraq by the end of the year:
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  • Erik's Correspondence Corner: Paulsen Addresses Constituents' Letters About Trade and Over-Regulation

    Washington, D.C. – In today's installment of "Erik's Correspondence Corner" video series, Representative Erik Paulsen (MN-03) directly responds to questions on trade and over-regulation from constituents in Edina and Maple Plain.
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  • Paulsen to Hold District-Wide Tour of Women-Owned Businesses

    Eden Prairie, MN – On Wednesday, October 19, Rep. Erik Paulsen (MN-03) will be touring the district to highlight several women-owned businesses and encourage more women to become entrepreneurs. Earlier this year, the American Express OPEN State of
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  • Rep. Paulsen Launches Revamped Website

    Washington, D.C. - Representative Erik Paulsen (MN-03) announced the launch of his newly designed website. The new site includes a dynamic navigation platform, enhanced ways of keeping in touch with constituents, and information on the work Rep. Paulsen&
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  • Paulsen, Altmire Lead Bipartisan Effort to Increase Efficiency at the FDA

    Washington, D.C. – Representatives Erik Paulsen (MN-03), Jason Altmire (PA-04), Adam Kinzinger (IL-11), Brett Guthrie (KY-02), Brian Bilbray (CA-50), Bill Cassidy (LA-6), John Shimkus (IL-19), Cathy McMorris Rodgers (WA-5), Marsha Blackburn (TN-7),
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  • Paulsen Introduces "Erik's Correspondence Corner" Video Series

    Washington, D.C. – Representative Erik Paulsen (MN-03) today launched a new online video series, Erik's Correspondence Corner, in which he offers direct responses to questions sent in from around the 3rd Congressional District. Each week, Rep.
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  • Paulsen: President's Jobs Council Says U.S. Losing Med-Tech Edge

    Washington, DC – A new report from the President's Jobs Council confirms what Rep. Erik Paulsen (MN-03), co-chair of the House Medical Technology Caucus, and many medical technology companies have been saying: that the inefficient and unpredicta
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  • Paulsen Applauds Passage of Long-Stalled Trade Agreements

    Washington, D.C. – Representative Erik Paulsen (MN-03) member of the House Ways and Means Committee, and co-chair of the Congressional U.S.- Korea Free Trade Working Group, issued the following statement after the House passed the three separate tra
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  • Paulsen Leads Effort To Protect Free Speech in Advertising

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - With the Obama Administration pursuing new regulations effectively banning advertising certain food and beverages to children and adolescents, Representative Erik Paulsen (MN-03) is leading an effort to protect free speech. Today Rep. P
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  • How the Pending Trade Agreements Will Affect Minnesota's Economy

    Today, the House will vote on the long-stalled Colombia, Panama, and South Korea Free Trade Agreements (FTA). These no-cost job-creating trade agreements will make it easier for Minnesota companies to sell products abroad and in turn create jobs here in t
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  • Paulsen Statement on September Jobs Report

    Washington, D.C. – Representative Erik Paulsen (MN-03), member of the House Ways & Means Committee, issued the following statement regarding the unemployment report released by the Labor Department this morning. Rep. Paulsen continues to promote co
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  • Paulsen: Study Confirms Inconsistent FDA Puts Medical Innovation at Risk

    Washington, D.C. – Representative Erik Paulsen (MN-03), co-chair of the House Medical Technology Caucus, issued the following statement in response to a new National Venture Capital Association/Medical Innovation and Competitiveness Coalition survey
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  • Paulsen Applauds Passage of Free Trade Agreements in Ways & Means Committee

    Washington, D.C. – Rep. Erik Paulsen (Mn-03), member of the House Ways & Means Committee, issued the following statement today after the long-stalled free trade agreements with Colombia, Panama, and South Korea, passed out of the Ways & Means Commit
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  • Paulsen Delivers Free Trade Speech During Special Order

    Washington, D.C. – Rep. Erik Paulsen (MN-03), member of the House Ways & Means Committee, delivered the following speech last night during a special order on the trade agreements with Columbia, Panama, and South Korea currently before Congress.
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  • Paulsen Statement on Submission of Long-Awaited Trade Agreements

    Washington, D.C. – Representative Erik Paulsen (MN-03), member of the Ways & Means Committee, issued the following statement after President Obama submitted the trade agreements with Colombia, Panama, and South Korea to Congress
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  • ICYMI: Paulsen and Gerlach: Medical Device Tax Hinders Innovation

    At a time when our greatest priority needs to be creating jobs for our unemployed citizens, the government is on the verge of implementing a new medical device excise tax that will eliminate more than 40,000 well-paying jobs and imperil America's glob
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  • Paulsen Encourages Minnesotans to Speak Out About a Balanced Budget Amendment

    Washington, D.C. – In 1995, Congress came one vote short of passing a balanced budget amendment to the constitution, which would have forced the federal government to live within its means. Later this fall, both Chambers of Congress will consider a
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  • Paulsen Amendment Gives Students Greater Opportunities to Succeed

    Washington, D.C. – The U.S. House of Representatives passed the bipartisan Empowering Parents Through Charter Schools Act (H.R. 2218) this afternoon by a vote of 365-54. The bill contains key elements of the All Students Achieving through Reform (All-STAR) Act, which was introduced and co-sponsored by Representative Erik Paulsen (MN-03) in 2009. Today's House-passed bill includes an amendment authored by Rep. Paulsen which helps successful and eligible charter schools replicate and expand faster by giving them the ability to receive grant money after three years rather than the current five years.
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  • Paulsen Statement on Presidential Address

    Washington, D.C. – Rep. Erik Paulsen (MN-03) released the following statement in response to President Obama's address to a joint session of Congress this evening
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  • Paulsen: Study Confirms Medical Innovation Tax Puts Jobs At Risk

    Eden Prairie, MN – Rep. Erik Paulsen (MN-03), co-chair of the House Medical Technology Caucus, issued the following statement in response to a new study that confirms the $20 billion medical innovation tax will put 43,000 medical device manufacturing jobs, including those in Minnesota, at risk. The tax is part of the 2010 healthcare reform law and is slated to go into effect in 2013.
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  • Paulsen Statement on August Jobs Report

    Eden Prairie, MN – Representative Erik Paulsen (MN-03), a member of the tax-writing Ways and Means Committee, issued the following statement regarding the unemployment report released by the U.S. Department of Labor this morning.
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  • Rep. Paulsen to Hold Office Hours in St. Bonifacius, Champlin

    Representative Erik Paulsen (MN-03) will be holding "Office Hours in Your Neighborhood" this week to discuss important issues one-on-one with his neighbors.
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  • Paulsen Asks President to Explain His Tax on MN Innovation

    Eden Prairie, MN - With medical device manufactures beginning to shift jobs to China as a result of the Obama Administration's tax on medical innovation, Rep. Erik Paulsen (MN-03) has invited the President to meet with representatives of medical technology companies during his next trip to Minnesota on August 30.
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  • Paulsen: Washington Standing in the Way of Job Creation

    Eden Prairie, MN – Representative Erik Paulsen (MN-03), a member of the House Ways & Means Committee, issued the following statement after this morning's jobs report.
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  • Paulsen Statement on the Budget Control Act

    Washington, D.C. – Representative Erik Paulsen (MN-03) issued the following statement after voting for the Budget Control Act which would avoid default, begin to address our nation's out-of-control spending, and includes no taxes on job creators.
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  • Paulsen Statement on Budget Control Act

    WASHINGTON – Rep. Erik Paulsen (MN-03) released the following statement after voting for the Budget Control Act of 2011 which would cut $917 billion in federal spending over the next ten years, avoid a default on our nation's debts and require Congress to send the Balance Budget Amendment to state legislatures for ratification:
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  • Senators Klobuchar, Franken and Representative Paulsen Address Institute of Medicine Report on 510(k) Review Process

    Washington, D.C. – Today U.S. Senators Amy Klobuchar and Al Franken and U.S. Representative Erik Paulsen addressed a report released today by the Institute of Medicine (IOM) on the Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) 510(k) medical device approval process. All three members emphasized the need to maintain the 510(k) process, while making critical reforms needed to cut red tape and ensure the medical device industry has the consistency it needs to continue to drive innovation.
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  • Rep. Paulsen Reacts to Attacks in Norway

    Eden Prairie, MN – Congressman Erik Paulsen (MN-03), Co-Chair of the bipartisan Friends of Norway Caucus, issued the following statement on today's horrific attacks in Oslo and Utoya, Norway
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  • Paulsen Praises Passage of Cut, Cap, and Balance Act

    Washington, D.C. – To ensure that Washington adequately addresses our nation's debt crisis, Congressman Erik Paulsen (MN-03) today voted for the Cut, Cap, and Balance Act of 2011 (H.R. 2560), which would cut and cap federal spending as well as require the passage of a Balanced Budget Amendment prior to raising the federal debt ceiling. By making real spending cuts and instituting real reforms in order to get spending and debt under control, this bill would protect the economy from losing our AAA credit rating.
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  • Paulsen Statement on Fallen Greenfield Marine Lance Corporal Robert S. Greniger

    Washington, D.C. – Today, following reports that U.S. Marine Lance Corporal Robert S. Greniger was killed while conducting combat operations in Helmand province, Afghanistan, Congressman Erik Paulsen (MN-03) issued the following statement:
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  • Bipartisan group of Senators, Representatives introduce bills to strengthen America's fight against pulmonary fibrosis

    WASHINGTON – A bipartisan team of Senators and Representatives introduced bills in both chambers of Congress Tuesday to strengthen America's fight against pulmonary fibrosis, which claims the lives of 40,000 Americans each year. The Pulmonary Fibrosis Research Enhancement Act of 2011 is designed to enhance research, prevention, and awareness activities around the disease, creating a national registry, encouraging federal research at the National Institutes of Health, and creating a national action plan.
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  • Paulsen, Johnson Introduce Common Sense Medicare Reform

    Washington D.C. - Today, Congressmen Erik Paulsen (3rd Dist.-Minnesota) and Sam Johnson (3rd Dist.-Texas) introduced common-sense legislation to give seniors the freedom to make their own healthcare decisions and to opt-out of the government-run health program for seniors, Medicare.
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  • Paulsen Statement on June Jobs Report

    Washington, D.C. – Congressman Erik Paulsen (MN-03), a member of the tax-writing Ways and Means Committee, issued the following statement regarding the unemployment report released by the U.S. Department of Labor this morning.
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  • Paulsen, Kind Introduce Tax Credit for Renewable Energy

    Washington, DC–Representative Erik Paulsen (MN-03) today, along with Representative Ron Kind (WI-03) introduced the Renewable Energy for a Brighter Future Act in the United States House of Representatives. This bipartisan legislation provides a tax credit to integrate renewable energy, like wind and solar, into the electric grid. Senator Amy Klobuchar (MN) along with Senator Tim Johnson (SD) plan to introduce similar legislation in the United States Senate.
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  • Paulsen Statement on Libya Vote

    WASHINGTON – Representative Erik Paulsen (MN-03) issued the following statement on today's votes to end U.S. military engagement in Libya:
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  • Paulsen Recognized with National Parks Award

    Washington, D.C. – The National Parks Conservation Association presented Representative Paulsen with the "National Parks Heritage" award for his continued work in preserving our nation's natural heritage on Tuesday. "Places like the historic Gettysburg National Military Park are important to our national identity. These historic sites and national parks are intertwined in who we are as a country, and where we come from as a people," said Representative Paulsen.
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  • Paulsen and Dent Introduce Medical Liability Reform Bill

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Reps. Charlie Dent (PA-15) and Erik Paulsen (MN-3) today introduced legislation (H.R. 2205) to decrease the cost of health care and improve protections for patients through comprehensive medical liability reform. "The 2010 health care law missed a critical opportunity to enact meaningful medical liability reforms," said Rep. Dent. "Our medical justice system is a major cost driver for health care spending and it impacts the ability of patients to receive high quality care.
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  • DENT AND PAULSEN INTRODUCE MEDICAL LIABILITY REFORM BILL

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Reps. Charlie Dent (PA-15) and Erik Paulsen (MN-3) today introduced legislation (H.R. 2205) to decrease the cost of health care and improve protections for patients through comprehensive medical liability reform.
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  • KLOBUCHAR, PAULSEN LAUNCH CONGRESSIONAL WELLNESS CAUCUS

    BLOOMINGTON, MN – Senator Amy Klobuchar and Representative Erik Paulsen (MN-03) today announced the creation of the Congressional Wellness Caucus. This bipartisan, bicameral caucus will investigate and share the best practices, resources and research to help employers find the most effective ways to support employee health and wellness.
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  • Paulsen Statement on May Jobs Report

    Congressman Erik Paulsen (MN-03) issued the following statement after the Department of Labor released the May jobs report: "This morning's news is further evidence that the economy is not growing fast enough to outpace the jobs being lost. This is yet another strong indication that we must enact pro-growth economic policies here in Washington to help businesses nationwide. The American people deserve it," said Paulsen.
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  • Paulsen: FDA's Bureaucracy is Threatening America's Medical Device Industry

    Representative Erik Paulsen (MN-03), co-chair of the House Medical Technology Caucus, appeared before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee's hearing regarding the Federal Drug Administration's pre-market review processes, which are routinely criticized as opaque, inconsistent and unpredictable.
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  • Paulsen Statement on U.S. Military Engagement in Libya

    Representative Erik Paulsen (MN-03) issued the following statement regarding continued U.S. military engagement in Libya: "This afternoon, I voted to end U.S. military intervention in Libya. I remain unconvinced that there is a strategic national interest for the United States, and am appalled by the lack of specific goals or objectives which would clarify the successful completion of our mission or an exit strategy," said Congressman Paulsen.
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  • Paulsen's Patients Freedom to Choose Act Gains 100 Co-Sponsors

    Representative Erik Paulsen (MN-3) received his 100th co-sponser on H.R. 605, the Patients Freedom to Choose Act, today. This common sense legislation would repeal two provisions included in last year's healthcare law that limit a patient's choice of how to use their consumer-directed health plans.
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  • Paulsen Votes Against Raising Debt Ceiling by $2.4 Trillion

    Washington, D.C. – Rep. Erik Paulsen (MN-03) released the following statement after voting this evening against raising the nation's debt ceiling: "Our country is in a spending-driven debt crisis and it is irresponsible to borrow and spend another $2.4 trillion without a plan to cut wasteful Washington spending," said Paulsen. "Families in Minnesota and across America deserve accountability from their government. I am committed to, and will continue to work toward, securing a bright financial future for our children and grandchildren."
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  • BIPARTISAN, BICAMERAL SUPPORT FOR BILL TO HELP BRING MISSING CHILDREN HOME

    Law Enforcement Would Have Access to Critical Information on Tax Forms
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  • BIPARTISAN GROUP TO REINTRODUCE BILL HELPING WORKERS FUND EDUCATION

    A bipartisan group of lawmakers reintroduced the Lifelong Learning Accounts Act (LiLA) today to encourage continued education as a way to improve job skills and promote individuals' marketability. The bill, reintroduced by Congressmen John Larson (CT-01), Peter Roskam (IL-06), Erik Paulsen (MN-03) and Jared Polis (CO-02), creates worker-owned, employer-matched savings accounts similar to 401Ks for ongoing learning.
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  • Paulsen: Reduce Dependence on Foreign Oil Now

    With Americans feeling pain at the pump, Rep. Erik Paulsen (MN-03) joined Reps. Jim Costa (CA-20), Tim Murphy (PA-18), Bill Shuster (PA-9), Tim Walz (MN-01) today to announce the Infrastructure Jobs and Energy Independence Act, legislation that would decrease our dependence on foreign oil, make the largest infrastructure investment in our nation's history without raising taxes and create jobs here in America. In addition, this bill creates incentives for cleaner energy production and energy conservation, as well as increases the diversification and efficiency of America's transportation and electric system.
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  • Osseo High School Student Jill Ohman Wins Third Congressional District Art Contest

    Osseo High School Student, Jill Ohman was recently awarded the grand prize in this year's Congressional Art Competition for Minnesota's Third District. Representative Erik Paulsen, who organized the competition, presented the award to Ohman during a ceremony at the Bloomington Theatre & Art Center. Ohman will travel to Washington, D.C. next month to see her winning artwork "Sticks and Stones" put on display in the tunnel between the Cannon Office Building and the United States Capitol.
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  • REP. PAULSEN STATEMENT ON BIN LADEN

    Rep. Erik Paulsen (MN-03) released the following statement after it was announced that Osama bin Laden, architect of the 9/11 terror attacks, had been killed by American military personnel in Pakistan:
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  • Paulsen Votes to Reduce Deficits, Pay Down the Debt

    One day after voting for the bipartisan agreement enacting the largest spending cut in the nation's history, Representative Erik Paulsen (MN-03) voted in favor of a FY 2012 budget resolution that would reduce deficits and ensure that the federal government lives within its means. This plan guarantees Medicare is preserved and strengthened for future generations. "For far too long Minnesota families have been tightening their belts only to watch the federal government continue to borrow 40 cents of every dollar that it spends," said Paulsen. "This budget will put an end to the cycle of borrowing unsustainable amounts of money we don't have by cutting wasteful Washington spending, reducing deficits and paying down the national debt. This budget also strengthens the senior safety net by preserving Medicare for future generations without any disruptions for those at or nearing retirement."
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  • Paulsen Votes for Largest Annual Spending Cut in American History

    Fulfilling part of his pledge to cut wasteful Washington spending, Rep Erik Paulsen (MN-03) today voted for the largest annual spending cut in American history. This cost-cutting measure will keep the government operating through September, create private sector jobs and put our country back on a path to prosperity. "Today, we've begun the process of ending Washington's wasteful spending spree and changing the culture of bloated bureaucracy that has plagued Washington for too long," said Paulsen. "The package passed today sets the stage for long-term budget solutions that will spur job creation and get Minnesotans back to work. I look forward to working with my colleagues on both sides of aisle as we continue to cut spending and move towards restoring fiscal discipline in Washington."
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  • DURBIN, KIRK, POLIS, PAULSEN INTRODUCE BILL TO EXPAND SUCCESSFUL CHARTER SCHOOLS

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senators Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Mark Kirk (R-IL) joined Representatives Jared Polis (D-CO) and Erik Paulsen (R-MN) today to introduce legislation that would expand the Charter School Program at the Department of Education (DOE) making the expansion and replication of successful charter school models eligible for federal funding. The bill – the All Students Achieving through Reform (All-STAR) Act – also takes several steps to strengthen public charter school accountability, transparency, and governance.
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  • Paulsen Statement on Budget Agreement

    Erik Paulsen (MN-03) released the following statement in response to the agreement reached this evening, avoiding a government shutdown: "I'm pleased that our nation's leaders reached an agreement to avoid a government shutdown," said Paulsen. "We did what we said we would do to keep the government running and cut wasteful Washington spending. I'm also encouraged to know that the brave men and women of our Armed Forces will continue to receive funding. With this matter now behind us, I look forward to the next steps in getting control of our nation's debt crisis and growing our economy to get people back to work."
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  • Wyden, Paulsen Bill Gives Green Light to Courts to Intercept Tax Refunds from Delinquent Debtors

    In an effort to provide financial relief to crime victims and to state courts that are owed money by deadbeat debtors, U.S. Senator Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) and Representative Erik Paulsen (R-Minn.) introduced legislation today that allows state courts to coordinate with the IRS to intercept tax refunds of individuals who owe restitution to their victims or have outstanding court fees. The Crime Victims Restitution and Court Fee Intercept Act will allow the IRS to send tax refunds from those convicted of a crime who owe outstanding fines or payments to victims and courts that are owed the debt.
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  • Paulsen Commends Administration on U.S.-Colombia Trade Pact

    Representative Erik Paulsen (MN-03) released the following statement in regards to the Administration's announcements that negotiations have yielded a trade agreement between the United States and Colombia: "Increased trade, new sales and new customers are a proven way to create jobs. In Minnesota alone, more than 740,000 jobs depend on trade," said Paulsen. "The agreement reached yesterday will level the playing field for American businesses, aid in our economic recovery and allow the United States to compete to win. I commend the Administration and Trade Ambassador Ron Kirk for their work, and I urge them to move quickly with the technical aspects of the bill so that Congress can vote on all three pending trade agreements no later than July 1."
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  • Paulsen Questions Goolsbee About Job Crushing Medical Device Tax

    Representatives Erik Paulsen (MN-03), Tom Price (GA-06) and Jim Gerlach (PA-06) met with Council of Economic Advisors (CEA) Chairman Austan Goolsbee to discuss the negative impact of the impending $20 billion medical device tax included in the new health care law. Paulsen shared many of the concerns medical device companies have expressed to him about the tax's impact on jobs, innovation and research and development. Chairman Goolsbee has now requested companies provide the Administration with more information about the impact of the new device tax. Representative Paulsen is asking medical device companies to contact his office with stories about how the new tax will impede their abilities to bring new, life saving products to market. Medical device manufacturers who wish to voice their concerns can contact Rep. Paulsen's office at 202.225.2871.
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  • Paulsen Questions GAO Official on Government Waste in Duplicative Programs

    Representative Erik Paulsen (MN-03) today questioned Kay E. Brown, Director of Education, Workforce, and Income Security for the United States Government Accountability Office (GAO) during a Ways & Means, Human Resources Subcommittee hearing about duplicative programs that are wasting tax dollars and contributing to our spending-driven debt crisis. Paulsen expressed concern that bureaucratic inefficiencies and poor oversight are contributing to the waste.
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  • U.S. Chamber Presents Paulsen with Spirit of Enterprise Award

    Representative Erik Paulsen (MN-03) was honored today on Capitol Hill by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce with the organization's Spirit of Enterprise Award for supporting pro-jobs policies during the second session of the 111th Congress. "Our nation's businesses are the drivers of innovation, growth and prosperity and it's an honor to receive the Chamber's Spirit of Enterprise Award," said Paulsen. "These hard working men and women on Capitol Hill give American businesses good reason to feel optimist," said Thomas J. Donohue, president and CEO of the U.S. Chamber. "I am proud to salute Congressman Paulsen, who has consistently supported pro-growth policies that will allow businesses to begin to hire again."
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  • Paulsen Questions Budget Experts on Job Creation

    Representative Erik Paulsen (MN-03) today questioned a bipartisan panel of economists, academics and scholars during a hearing of the Ways & Means Committee about regulatory impediments affecting job creation. Paulsen expressed concern that reckless government spending and a mounting national debt will stifle innovation and drive private investment overseas, continuing to hinder economic growth and job creation here at home. "Our nation's unacceptably high unemployment rate proves that expansive government programs and reckless spending does not create jobs or stimulate the economy," said Paulsen. "Despite a failed trillion dollar stimulus, and trillions of dollars of more debt, far too many Americans, including 200,000 Minnesotans, remain out of work. As many employers in my district have noted, the fiscal uncertainty and debt crisis created in Washington is impeding their ability to create jobs. Today's hearing confirmed the best thing that government can do to put Americans back to work is to provide a budget that ends wasteful Washington spending and fosters an environment in which the private sector can do what it does best–innovate and create jobs."
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  • Paulsen to Host Second-Annual Job Fair in Bloomington on April 20

    With the national unemployment rate still unacceptably high at 8.9% and too many people out of work, Congressman Erik Paulsen today announced that he will be hosting a job fair to help Minnesota job seekers meet with local businesses looking to grow. The job fair, which is free and open to the public, will be held at Normandale Community College on Wednesday, April 20 from 1:00 pm to 4:30 pm. So far, over 50 different businesses, representing a variety of industries will be in attendance.
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  • MN's GOP Delegation Voices Concern Over Medical Device Tax

    Last night, Reps. John Kline (MN-02), Michele Bachmann (MN-06), Erik Paulsen (MN-03) and Chip Cravaack (MN-08) sent a letter to IRS Commissioner Doug Shulman voicing their concerns about the $20 billion medical device tax included in the new healthcare law. In January, Rep. Paulsen introduced the "Protect Medical Innovation Act" which would repeal the job-crushing medical device tax. Reps. Kline, Bachmann and Cravaack are among the bill's 110 co-sponsors. Minnesota is home to over 400 medical device companies employing 35,000 people.
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  • Chamber Supports Paulsen's Protect Medical Innovation Act

    In another sign that Rep. Erik Paulsen's efforts to repeal the job-crushing medical device tax are gaining steam, the United States Chamber of Commerce today expressed their full support of Paulsen's Protect Medical Innovation Act. This bipartisan legislation would immediately repeal the new innovation tax that was passed last year as part of the new health care law. The Chamber's support comes on the eve of the new health care law's one-year anniversary.
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  • Paulsen Launches House Medical Technology Caucus Website

    Representative Erik Paulsen (MN-03), co-chair of the House Medical Technology Caucus, today launched the Caucus' first website. The site will serve as the virtual hub for legislations, news and Caucus Member initiatives. Paulsen first announced the new site during a speech to Life Science Alley earlier this morning. "Minnesota is home to nearly 400 medical technology firms, 200 of which are located in my district," said Rep. Paulsen. "The House Medical Technology Caucus is an important forum for my colleagues and I to fight for these high tech jobs and the addition of this new website further broadens our ability to inform and educate others on the issues that are critical to the medical technology industry. The website also expands our connectivity and engagement with medical technology companies, industry experts, and doctors and patients who use the innovative products the industry creates."
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  • Paulsen Statement on Continuing Resolution

    Rep. Erik Paulsen (MN-03) released the following statement today after the House of Representatives passed $6 billion in spending cuts, which will fund the federal government through the end of April 8 by a vote of 271-158: "For too long now, hard working Minnesotans have been tightening their belts and waiting for Washington to do the same," said Rep. Paulsen. "Today, my colleagues and I took another step forward in curing Washington's spending problem and removing the barriers to job creation. However, we cannot continue to limp along two to three weeks at a time; we need leaders of both parties to put an end to short-term thinking and work to pass long-term budget solutions."
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  • Reps. Baldwin and Paulsen Introduce Bipartisan Legislation to Strengthen America's Critical Care Infrastructure

    In order to ensure our nation's critically ill and injured patients continue to receive the highest-quality care, Tammy Baldwin (WI-02) and Representatives Erik Paulsen (MN-03) introduced the Critical Care Assessment and Improvement Act of 2011. The legislation is designed to identify gaps in the current critical care delivery model and bolster capabilities to meet future demand. "Americans cannot afford to continue shouldering the costs of an inefficient health care system. This bill seeks to remedy these inefficiencies by calling for a serious inventory of our critical care infrastructure," said Rep. Paulsen. "Taxpayers, hardworking medical professionals, and emergency responders alike all deserve a robust analysis of what's working and what's not so that we can move forward and fix this vital, yet costly, element of our health care delivery."
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  • American Innovation Means More American Jobs

    A bi-partisan group of U.S. House lawmakers has launched a major effort to spur job creation and innovation by modernizing and making permanent the Research and Development tax credit. "Innovation drives America's future," said U.S. Congressman Kevin Brady (R-Texas), a senior member of the House Ways and Means Committee and the author of The American Research and Competitiveness Act of 2011. "To keep from falling behind our global competitors and to make sure America is the first choice for R & D jobs we need to modernize the tax credit, strengthen it to encourage companies to make greater investment in research and jobs and make the credit permanent so businesses have the confidence to make long-term investment decisions here in the United States." Other leaders of the effort are Democratic representatives John Larson of Connecticut, Anna Eshoo of California and Doris Matsui of California. Joining Brady are Republican sponsors Erik Paulsen of Minnesota and Michael McCaul of Texas. "Research and development is imperative to our country's competitiveness in the global marketplace," added Rep. Paulsen. "We need a tax code that spurs innovation and promotes sustainable job growth in industries like medical technology, which provide thousands of high-paying jobs in Minnesota. These companies often face high start up costs and this credit will help them create the next life-saving technology. We must make the R & D credit permanent and encourage businesses to continue the pursuit of new ideas."
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  • Paulsen Votes to Reduce Bureaucratic Red Tape for Small Businesses

    Representative Erik Paulsen (MN-03) released the following statement today after the House passed H.R. 4, the Small Business Paperwork Mandate Elimination Act by xxx-xx. This bill repeals the 1099 reporting requirements included in the new health care law, reduces the deficit by $166 million and provides a net tax cut of $20 billion over the next years. "The legislation passed today is a victory for Minnesota families and small businesses who were unfairly targeted to foot the bill for last year's government takeover of healthcare," said Rep. Paulsen. "With the elimination of the onerous 1099 reporting requirement, more than 30 million American businesses can now focus their precious resources on growing their business and creating jobs, instead of processing additional paperwork, finding funds to address increased regulatory compliance costs and navigating bureaucratic red tape. In the coming months I look forward to working with my colleagues to continuing to dismantle the job-crushing health care law that is acting as a roadblock to economic prosperity."
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  • Paulsen Commends Senate and President Obama for Swift Action on Spending Cuts

    Rep. Erik Paulsen (MN-03) released the following statement after President Obama signed into law a measure that will keep the government running while cutting $4 billion in government spending: "I commend President Obama for taking swift action by signing this critical legislation into law," said Rep. Paulsen. "Today we've taken a first step towards working together to end wasteful Washington spending. Although this measure is in no way a permanent solution to our nation's spending-driven debt crisis, it is my hope that this will lead to further bipartisan budget cuts down the road."
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  • Paulsen & Walz Ask Gov. Dayton to Repeal Minnesota's Nuclear Moratorium

    With energy prices rising, Representatives Erik Paulsen (MN-03) and Tim Walz (MN-01) have sent a letter to Governor Mark Dayton asking him to sign legislation that would repeal the state's moratorium on the construction of new nuclear power plants once it reaches his desk. In the letter, Reps. Paulsen and Walz stressed that construction of new plants would be a boon to Minnesota's economy, creating an estimated 1,400-1,800 construction jobs and 400-700 permanent jobs.
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  • Interested in What Rep. Paulsen Is Up To? There's an App for That

    To help keep Minnesotans better informed when they're on the go, Representative Erik Paulsen (MN-03) has launched an iPhone application. The app synchronizes with Rep. Paulsen's website and provides instant mobile access to current legislation, news and events. Users can also contact Rep. Paulsen's office directly through the app.
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  • Rep. Paulsen Votes to Cut Wasteful Washington Spending

    Rep. Erik Paulsen (MN-03) released the following statement after the House of Representatives passed over $100 billion in spending cuts. H.R. 1, which will fund the federal government through the end of September, passed on a vote of 235 to 189. "When your car is speeding towards a cliff you don't turn on the cruise control, you slam on the brakes," said Rep. Paulsen. "This package, with over $100 billion in spending cuts, is a good start towards putting the brakes on wasteful Washington spending and removing barriers to job creation. Minnesota families have been forced to cut their budgets during this economic crisis; there is no reason that the government can't as well. We must use every resource available to put in place policies that will spur job creation, remove burdensome regulations and get our fiscal house in order. Americans deserve more. We made some very difficult choices in this bill, but it's time for Congress to stop passing the buck and start to display the sort of leadership expected of us. "
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  • Rep. Paulsen Votes to Repeal Job-Crushing 1099 Reporting Requirements

    Rep. Erik Paulsen (MN-03) released the following statement today after the House Ways and Means Committee unanimously passed H.R. 4, the Small Business Paperwork Mandate Elimination Act. This bill would repeal the new 1099 reporting requirements in the new health care law. Rep. Paulsen is a co-sponsor of this legislation, which will now head to the House floor for a vote. "The new health care law unfairly targets small businesses, the growth engine of our economy, when they can least afford it," said Rep. Paulsen. "I've heard from business leaders across Minnesota that these burdensome provisions and new reporting requirements force them to divert precious resources from job creation to the processing of additional paperwork. I'm hopeful that our effort to repeal the new 1099 reporting requirements, and the mountain of paperwork that comes with them, will have bipartisan support."
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  • Rep.Paulsen Questions HHS Secretary Sebelius on Stifling Medical Device Tax

    Representative Erik Paulsen (MN-03) today questioned Health and Human Services Secretary Sebelius during a hearing of the Ways & Means Committee. Paulsen cited the devastating effects that the $20 billion medical device tax would have on Minnesota companies. Secretary Sebelius was asked to testify before the House Committee on Ways and Means regarding the President's FY 2012 budget. "A $20 billion tax hike on medical device manufacturers will destroy jobs, stifle innovation, increase costs for patients while decreasing access to these life-saving technologies," said Paulsen. "In order to encourage innovation, as the Secretary and President have indicated in the recently introduced budget, we must repeal this tax and put in place policies that will lead to the further competitiveness of our American innovators. This will create jobs and bring us a step closer towards providing real health care reform for all Americans. The Secretary's testimony is another example of the disconnect between the Administration's rhetoric and actions. This country deserves better."
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  • Secretary Geithner Testifies Before Ways and Means Committee

    Representative Erik Paulsen (MN-03) released the following statement today in response to Treasury Secretary Geithner's testimony at the House Committee on Ways and Means hearing regarding the President's FY 2012 budget: "Secretary Geithner's testimony today affirmed the Administration's disconnect with American families and small businesses," said Rep. Paulsen. "As they continue to tighten their belts, the President presented us with a budget that projects out-of-control spending, out-of-touch tax policies and a record $1.6 trillion deficit for the next fiscal year. We need to cut up the credit card and implement common-sense, pro-growth policies families and job creators need."
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  • Rep. Paulsen Comments on President Obama's Budget Proposal

    Rep. Erik Paulsen (MN-03) today released the following statement in response to President Barack Obama's budget proposal which projects a record $1.6 trillion deficit for FY 2011 and includes another $1.1 trillion deficit in FY 2012: "This budget, with its record $1.6 trillion deficit, is a disappointment for the majority of Americans who want their leaders to put an end to wasteful Washington spending," said Rep. Paulsen. "If the President is serious about ‘winning the future,' he'll have to do more than propose a trillion dollar deficit for the fourth year in a row. Our country can no longer afford the status quo of borrowing 40 cents on every dollar we spend; we need to cut up the credit card and cut spending so that we can create jobs and grow the economy."
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  • Rep. Paulsen Introduces the Patients Freedom to Choose Act

    Seeking to give Americans more choice in using their health care plans and to encourage healthcare savings, Rep. Erik Paulsen (MN-03) has introduced the Patients Freedom to Choose Act in the United States House of Representatives. This legislation would repeal part of the new health care law related to Health Savings Accounts (HSAs) and Flexible Spending Accounts (FSAs), two innovative and popular consumer-directed health benefit plans that large and small businesses offer to their employees.
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  • Paulsen Reacts to the State of the Union Address

    Representative Erik Paulsen (MN-03) issued the following statement this evening in response to President Barack Obama's State of the Union address: "I appreciate President Obama's call for bipartisanship; we need to work together as a country if we're going to tackle this looming debt crisis and put this country back to work" said Paulsen. "However, we must learn from past mistakes and realize that we can't simply spend our way to prosperity. Despite new government programs designed to stimulate our economy, Americans watched as our deficit, debt and unemployment rate skyrocketed over the past two years."
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  • Ways and Means Committee Holds Hearing on Free Trade Agreements

    Representative Erik Paulsen (MN-03) released the following statement today in reaction to the hearing held by the House Committee on Ways and Means regarding pending free trade agreements with South Korea, Columbia and Panama:
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  • Paulsen Introduces Protect Medical Innovation Act

    Today, Representative Erik Paulsen (MN-03) introduced the Protect Medical Innovation Act, a bipartisan piece of legislation that would immediately repeal the job-destroying medical device tax that was passed last year as part of the new health care law. Paulsen introduced the Protect Medical Innovation Act in the U.S. House of Representatives with 41 bipartisan original cosponsors. Companion legislation has also been introduced in the U.S. Senate by Senator Orrin Hatch (R-UT).
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  • Hennepin County Sheriff Rich Stanek to Attend the State of the Union Address as Rep. Paulsen's Guest

    Representative Erik Paulsen (MN-03) announced today that Hennepin County Sheriff Rich Stanek will join him in attending the President's State of the Union address tomorrow night in Washington, DC. Stanek has served as the chief law enforcement officer of Minnesota's largest county since January of 2007.
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  • Paulsen Votes to Repeal Health Care Law

    Representative Erik Paulsen (MN-03) released the following statement today after the U.S. House of Representatives passed legislation by a vote of 245-189 that will repeal the health care law the majority of Americans oppose:
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  • Paulsen Condemns Arizona Shooting

    Rep. Erik Paulsen issued the following statement regarding the shooting of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-AZ) and others in Tucson, AZ: "I am deeply saddened by the senseless attacks in Arizona whose victims include my good friend and colleague Rep. Gabrielle Giffords. I've known Gabby since 2005, before either of us was elected to Congress, when we were participants in several fellowship programs. She is a bright, energetic, and hard-working public servant who always has a smile on her face. Kelly and I will keep Rep. Giffords, her husband Mark and family, and the other victims and their families in our prayers."
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  • Paulsen Receives Ways and Means Subcommittee Assignments

    Today Rep. Erik Paulsen (MN-03) issued the following statement after the announcement of his assignment to the Subcommittee on Human Resources, the Subcommittee on Select Revenue Measures and the Subcommittee on Social Security of the House Committee on Ways and Means:
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  • Paulsen Kicks Off Second Term as the 112th Congress Convenes

    Today Rep. Erik Paulsen (MN-03) was sworn into the 112th Congress by House Speaker John Boehner. Paulsen's second term brings with it a new Republican majority and an assignment to the House Ways and Means Committee.
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  • Rep. Paulsen Votes to Extend Tax Relief for American Families and Small Businesses

    Representative Erik Paulsen (MN-03) released the following statement after the U.S. House of Representatives passed a bipartisan agreement to extend tax relief to American families and small businesses by a vote of 277-148:
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  • Paulsen Appointed to Influential Ways and Means Committee

    Representative Erik Paulsen (MN-03) announces his appointment to the House Ways and Means Committee for the incoming 112th Congress. As a member of the Ways and Means Committee, Paulsen will play an important role in enacting pro-growth polices to create jobs and put people back to work.
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  • Rep. Paulsen Statement on U.S. – South Korea Free Trade Agreement

    Representative Erik Paulsen (MN-03) released the following statement in response to the announcement of an agreement for the U.S–South Korea trade pact: "The announcement of a trade agreement with South Korea is a major victory for American industry," said Rep. Paulsen. "This partnership is vital to our nation's long-term economic growth and job creation. I commend U.S. and South Korean trade officials for reaching an agreement."
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  • Minnesota Congressional Delegation Fight to Keep Fairview Health Clinics Serving Minnesota Veterans

    Legislators push Defense Secretary Gates to keep Fairview Health Services serving Minnesota veterans
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  • House Votes to Raise Taxes on American Families and Small Businesses

    Representative Erik Paulsen (MN-03) released the following statement today after the U.S. House of Representatives passed legislation by a vote of 234-188 that will raise taxes on American families and small businesses beginning January 1, 2011: "Congressional Leadership has failed the American people," said Rep. Paulsen. "It's time to stop the gimmicks and political posturing and do what's best for small businesses, families and the economy. Raising taxes during this difficult economic time only serves to punish hard-working Americans.
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  • Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010

    Representative Erik Paulsen (MN-03) released the following statement regarding the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010: "Today I joined with the National School Boards Association and the American Association of School Administrators in opposing this legislation because of the new, costly unfunded mandate on school districts that will add an additional 11-25 cents to the cost of a meal while only reimbursing 6 cents. This difference has to be made up somewhere and it will likely become an additional burden on families and schools that are already struggling."
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  • House Passes Asian Carp Legislation

    Representative Erik Paulsen (MN-03) announces that today the U.S. House of Representatives unanimously passed the Asian Carp Prevention and Control Act. This legislation would prevent the transportation and importation of Asian carp, an invasive species that has created problems in recent years throughout the Great Lakes region.
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  • Rep. Paulsen Commends Mall of America on Implementation of "If You See Something, Say Something" Campaign

    Representative Erik Paulsen (MN-03) applauds Mall of America's for its continued commitment to safety. Today the Bloomington, MN retail center launched the "If You See Something, Say Something" campaign, as part of the Department of Homeland Security's national public awareness initiative.
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  • Statements from Co-Chairs of the Congressional KORUS FTA Working Group on FTA Negotiations

    Washington, DC – U.S. Representatives Dave Reichert (WA-8), Peter Roskam (IL-6), and Erik Paulsen (MN-3), three co-chairs of the bipartisan congressional working group launched earlier this year to broaden support for the pending U.S.-Korea Free Trade Agreement, today issued the following statements in response to news that trade negotiators missed a deadline to resolve outstanding differences.
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  • Rep. Paulsen Recognizes our Nation's Veterans

    Since the founding of our Republic 234 years ago, American men and women have time and again taken up arms in our defense when the nation has called.
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  • Rep. Paulsen Commends President Obama for Strengthening Ties with India

    Representative Erik Paulsen (MN-03) offers his support for President Obama's overtures to strengthen ties with India. Today the administration announced its intention to relax restrictions on exports of dual-use technologies to India. Dual-use technologies and products can be used for both civilian and military purposes.
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  • Rep. Paulsen Receives "Manufacturing Legislative Excellence" Award

    The National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) recently presented Representative Erik Paulsen (MN-03) with their "Manufacturing Legislative Excellence" award for the 111th session of Congress. The award is given to legislators based on their voting record on manufacturing issues.
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  • Rep. Paulsen Sponsors YouCut Measure To Stop Wasteful Spending

    House Republican Whip Eric Cantor (VA-07) and Rep. Erik Paulsen (MN-03) released the following statement announcing this week's YouCut winner; a proposal to terminate the TARP program and prohibit any additional bailouts. This proposal would likely save taxpayers several billion dollars over the next ten years. The YouCut initiative recently received its 2,000,000th vote, according to Rep. Cantor, a testament to the overwhelming response and outcry by the American public.
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  • House Passes Paulsen Military Survivor Housing Assistance Bill

    Today the United States House of Representatives passed H.R. 6058, the "Wounded Warrior and Military Survivor Housing Assistance Act of 2010," authored by Rep. Erik Paulsen (MN-03). This legislation directs the Department of Housing and Urban Development and the Veterans Administration to account for the special needs of members of the Armed Forces with service-connected injuries. It also extends to survivors and dependents of these veterans by taking into account their housing and mortgage insurance program needs. After recently meeting with a widow of a serviceman from Eden Prairie, MN Rep. Paulsen introduced this legislation.
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  • Rep. Paulsen Named "Guardian of Small Business"

    Representative Erik Paulsen (MN-03) was today named a "Guardian of Small Business," by the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB), the nation's leading small business association. "Small businesses are the backbone of our economy," said Rep. Paulsen. "It's a privilege to support Minnesota's hard working small businesses in Congress, and I look forward to continuing to support measures that will help our nation's small businesses grow and prosper in the future."
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  • Rep. Paulsen Congratulates Edina on Being Named One of America's "100 Best Communities for Young People"

    Representative Erik Paulsen (MN-03), today accepted the "100 Best Communities for Young People" award from the America's Promise Alliance and ING on behalf of the city of Edina. The award is given to towns and cities across the country that have effectively battled our nation's dropout crisis by forming innovative partnerships and making young people a top priority.
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  • Rep. Paulsen: Now is the time to pass stalled South Korean Trade Agreement

    Representative Erik Paulsen (MN-03) today called on Congressional leadership to pass a stalled trade agreement with South Korea and open new markets to American goods and services. Rep. Paulsen made the remark at a Manufacturers Roundtable meeting he held at his District Office this morning. The meeting, attended by a dozen representatives from manufacturing companies in the Third District, addressed local and national employment, economic and trade issues.
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  • Rep. Paulsen earns "Friends of Farm Bureau" Award

    Representative Erik Paulsen (MN-03), was today named a "Friend of Farm Bureau" by the American Farm Bureau Federation in recognition of his support of agriculture and Farm Bureau issues.
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  • Nine Years Later, We Remember September 11

    Remember those that gave their lives so that others would be safe.
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  • WORKING MOTHER MEDIA AND CORPORATE VOICES HONOR ERIK PAULSEN FOR IMPROVING THE LIVES OF WORKING FAMILIES

    To recognize and celebrate the accomplishments of members of Congress from both sides of the aisle and throughout the country for their leadership in improving the quality of life for working families, Working Mother Media and Corporate Voices for Working Families have announced that Representative Erik Paulsen (MN-03) is one of thirty recipients of the second, Best of Congress Award.
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  • Rep. Paulsen Named ‘Taxpayer Hero'

    Representative Erik Paulsen (MN-03) was recently named a ‘Taxpayer Hero,' by the Council for Citizens Against Government Waste (CCAGW), a nonpartisan public education organization whose mission is to advocate for the elimination of waste and inefficiency in government.
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  • Rep. Paulsen Introduces Patients Freedom to Choose Act

    Representative Erik Paulsen (MN-03) today introduced the Patients Freedom to Choose Act in the United States House of Representatives. This legislation would repeal two provisions of the recently passed health care reform bill that limit a patient's choice in how they can use their consumer-directed health care plans.
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  • Rep. Paulsen Authors Legislation to Aid Law Enforcement

    Representative Erik Paulsen (MN-03) today introduced legislation that will aid law enforcement agencies in connecting with their communities and stopping crime. The "Text a Tip" Act, bipartisan legislation cosponsored by Representative Jim Langevin (RI-02), creates a federal grant program to aid local, county and state law enforcement agencies in developing a gateway for citizens to send tips and information via cell phone.
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  • Rep. Paulsen Cosponsors Legislation to Support Small Business

    With the American economy still struggling small businesses have the ability to be the engine that drives our nation's economic recovery. As a champion of small business and entrepreneurship, Representative Erik Paulsen (MN-03) is cosponsoring H.R. 5554, the Small Business Assistance and Relief Act, legislation that will provide tax relief, reduce regulatory burdens and boost lending to small businesses.
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  • LARSON, ROSKAM, POLIS, PAULSEN INTRODUCE LEGISLATION TO HELP AMERICAN WORKERS SAVE FOR EDUCATION AND JOB TRAINING

    Washington, DC -- Congressman John B. Larson (CT-01), Chairman of the House Democratic Caucus, along with Congressman Peter Roskam (IL-06), Jared Polis (CO-02), and Erik Paulsen (MN-03) announced the introduction of new legislation to help American workers succeed in the global job market by saving money for education and job training. The Bipartisan Lifelong Learning Accounts Act will allow Americans to invest in worker-owned, employer-matched educational accounts that will grow tax-free.
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  • Rep. Paulsen Holds Medical Technology Roundtable

    Fifty Minnesota med tech firms participate
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  • Bipartisan Coalition To DOE: Halt Actions To Terminate Yucca Mountain

    WASHINGTON, D.C. –Today, Rep. Erik Paulsen and 90 members of Congress sent a bipartisan, bicameral letter to Department of Energy (DOE) Secretary Steven Chu urging the Administration to immediately halt all actions to dismantle operations at Yucca Mountain at least until legal action regarding the withdrawal of the application is resolved.
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  • Rep. Paulsen to Co-chair Working Group

    Bipartisan Group Launches Congressional U.S. – Korea FTA Working Group
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  • Paulsen receives 2010 Thomas Jefferson Award from Foodservice Distribution Industry

    Award given for Congressman's work to support economic prosperity and strengthen free enterprise
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  • Rep. Paulsen Testifies at Ways and Means Committee

    Testifying before the Committee on Ways and Means, Congressman Erik Paulsen (MN-03) yesterday expressed significant concerns over China's disregard toward global trade rules.
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  • REP. PAULSEN INTRODUCES P.A.D. RESOLUTION

    Minnesota Congressman Erik Paulsen (MN-03) today introduced historic legislation to address the critical national health problem of peripheral arterial disease, also known as P.A.D. The measure Aims to Raise Awareness of P.A.D., Improve Cardiovascular Health, and Reduce Heart Attack, Stroke, Amputations and Early Death
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  • Statement from Rep. Paulsen on Memorial Day

    On Monday, we will celebrate one of America's most sacred holidays. On Memorial Day we remember the millions of heroes who, for generations, have given their lives for our great nation. Today we are free to choose our leaders and live our lives without oppression because of their sacrifices.
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  • Paulsen receives 2010 Medical Device Manufacturer's ‘Chairman's Award'

    Congressman Erik Paulsen (MN-03) has received the 2010 Medical Device Manufacturer's Association (MDMA) Chairman's Award for his tireless efforts to support the innovative and job-creating medical device industry. With over 400 companies and more than thirty thousand jobs in Minnesota alone, the medical device sector is critical to the state's economy and Paulsen has led efforts to strengthen and protect this important sector during his first term in Congress. Paulsen was presented with the award during MDMA's annual meeting last night.
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  • Klobuchar, Paulsen Fight to Support Innovation, Jobs in Med Device Sector

    Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar and Congressman Erik Paulsen and today sent a letter to the Commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), urging a regulatory framework that supports medical innovation and jobs as the FDA reviews and plans the approval process for medical devices. Noting Minnesota's role as a national leader in the medical device industry, Klobuchar and Paulsen expressed concerns over proposed changes to the process, while advocating for sensible regulations that will protect patients without stifling new health care breakthroughs in the future.
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  • Paulsen Debt Reduction Amendment Passes Committee

    U.S. Representative Erik Paulsen (MN-03) today passed an amendment in the House Financial Services Committee that would require any funding returned to the government from new small business loan legislation be used to pay down our nation's debt. The amendment, offered to H.R. 5297, the Small Business Lending Fund Act of 2010, was co-sponsored by Representatives Leonard Lance of New Jersey and Randy Neugebauer of Texas and passed by voice vote.
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  • Paulsen to Host Identity Theft Seminars in Maple Grove, Champlin

    Congressman Erik Paulsen (MN-03) today announced he will host two identity theft seminars for Third District seniors and other residents on Tuesday, June 1st in Maple Grove and Champlin. The events will feature tips for preventing identity theft and other financial crimes, with officials from the U.S. Secret Service, the Minnesota Financial Crimes Task Force, and the Minnesota Department of Public Safety's Alcohol and Gambling Enforcement Division participating.
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  • Paulsen Encourages Constituents to Participate in New Initiative to Cut Wasteful Spending

    Representative Erik Paulsen (MN-03) encouraged his constituents to participate in a new initiative unveiled today to cut wasteful Washington spending. The initiative, YouCut, was launched today by the House Republican Economic Recovery Working Group, of which Paulsen is a member, and is a first-of-its kind interactive initiative designed to change the culture of runaway spending in Washington.
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  • Paulsen Statement on Minnesota Statehood Day

    "152 years ago today, Congress and President Buchanan approved Minnesota as the 32nd state in the Union. Though the news would take two days to reach Minnesota by telegraph and steamboat, it created hope, optimism and excitement among the new residents of Minnesota. On this Statehood Day, we Minnesotans can be proud that our state has grown to become one of the best in our nation – leading the way in everything from education to health care to quality of life."
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  • Hopkins High School Student, Grace Washko, Wins Third Congressional District Art Contest

    EDEN PRAIRIE – Hopkins High School student Grace Washko was recently awarded the grand prize in this year's Congressional Art Competition for Minnesota's Third District. Congressman Erik Paulsen, who organized the Third District competition, presented the award to Washko during a ceremony at the Bloomington Theatre & Art Center. Washko will travel to Washington, D.C. next month to see her winning artwork "Hopper House" put on display in the United States Capitol.
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  • WALZ, PAULSEN JOINT STATEMENT ON NUCLEAR ENERGY AMENDMENT

    (Mankato/Eden Prairie, Minnesota) – Today, U.S. Representatives Tim Walz and Erik Paulsen released the following statement in reaction to the Minnesota House of Representative's passage of an amendment that overturned Minnesota's nuclear moratorium, but placed additional restrictions on building new power plants:
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  • Paulsen Calls for Full Funding of Pell Grants

    Washington, D.C. – Congressman Erik Paulsen (MN-03) today introduced legislation in the U.S. House of Representatives calling for full funding of Pell grants, the single largest source of federal grant aid for post-secondary education. The Pell grant program currently faces an estimated $5 billion budgetary shortfall, which threatens critical financial aid for students across the nation. Paulsen's legislation (H.R.5198), introduced with five original co-sponsors, expresses the Sense of Congress that the federal Pell Grant Program should be a high funding priority.
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  • U.S. Chamber Presents Rep. Paulsen with Annual Spirit of Enterprise Award

    WASHINGTON, D.C.–Republican Representative Erik Paulsen (MN-03) was honored yesterday on Capitol Hill by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and presented with the Spirit of Enterprise Award for his pro-business record during the first session of the 111th Congress.
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  • Paulsen Website Wins Gold Mouse Award

    Congressman Erik Paulsen (MN-03) was presented with the Gold Mouse Award for his Congressional website last night during a ceremony honoring the top websites in Congress. The award, chosen by the independent Congressional Management Foundation (CMF), is given to the top websites in the U.S. House of Representatives and U.S. Senate, including both committee and official leadership websites.
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  • Paulsen Introduces Legislation to Repeal Medical Device Tax

    Congressman Erik Paulsen (MN-03) today introduced the Defend Medical Innovation Act, legislation that would immediately repeal the job-killing $20 billion medical device tax included in the recently-passed Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010. Paulsen, Co-Chair of the House Medical Technology Caucus, introduced the legislation with 26 original co-sponsors representing Congressional Districts across the United States.
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  • House Passes Paulsen's ‘Eliminate Privacy Notice Confusion Act'

    The U.S. House of Representatives today passed a bipartisan bill authored by Minnesota Third District Congressman Erik Paulsen to eliminate confusion for consumers and end duplicative and bureaucratic paperwork requirements for community banks and other financial institutions. The Eliminate Privacy Notice Confusion Act (H.R. 3506) is co-sponsored by Representatives Dennis Moore (D-KS) and Peter Roskam (R-IL) and was passed by voice vote.
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  • That Didn't Take Long: Device Tax Already Threatening Jobs

    That didn't take long. The health care bill was signed into law just a few days ago and manufacturers are already warning of job losses due to the new $20 billion tax on medical devices.
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  • Congressman Erik Paulsen Statement on Health Care Vote

    "Today, the House of Representatives narrowly approved a costly, partisan bill the American people have said loud and clear they do not want. My constituents, by a margin of over three-to-one, have said they do not like this plan -- and with good reason.
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  • HOPE RIVENBURG CALLS ON CONGRESS TO PASS JASON'S LAW

    "Our economy hinges greatly on the ability to move goods in a safe, efficient and timely matter. A critical piece of that is ensuring the safety of the men and women who move these goods every day," Congressman Paulsen said. "Jason's story is a tragic one. However, by enacting the common sense provisions of ‘Jason's Law', we can take major steps toward preventing similar tragedies in the future. I'm proud to join both Hope and Congressman Tonko in encouraging our colleagues to move forward on this important bill."
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  • Paulsen Announces Annual Congressional Art Competition Now Open to Area High School Students

    Congressman Erik Paulsen is pleased to announce the 2010 Congressional Art Competition, Artistic Discovery, is now underway. High school students who reside in the 3rd Congressional District may submit original artwork to Congressman Paulsen's office for the opportunity to have their work displayed in the Cannon Tunnel of the United States Capitol for one year, as well as in Paulsen's Congressional offices in Minnesota and Washington.
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  • Paying the Red Bulls is Long Overdue

    For far too long, members of the Minnesota National Guard's 34th Infantry division – known as the "Red Bulls" – have been caught in a bureaucratic nightmare that delayed bonus pay they'd earned during their deployments in Iraq. After many months and continued pressure from members of Congress in both parties, it appears as though this long-overdue problem is finally headed toward a solution.
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  • Paulsen's Monday Job Fair in Bloomington to Include 50 Employers

    February 8th job fair organized by 3rd District Congressman will have numerous opportunities, resources for those seeking employment
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  • Paulsen Sends Small Business Jobs Proposals to President Obama

    WASHINGTON – As Congress and the Administration continue to discuss policies to spur job creation and economic growth, Congressman Erik Paulsen (MN-03) sent a letter to President Obama today asking him to consider two specific proposals aimed at strengthening small business.
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  • Paulsen, Tiahrt, Herger Introduce END TARP Act to Stop the Bailouts and Pay Down Our Debt

    With Congress poised to vote on raising the nation's debt ceiling to a staggering $14.3 billion, Congressman Erik Paulsen (MN-03), along with U.S. Representatives Wally Herger (CA-2) and Todd Tiahrt (KS-4), introduced the END TARP Act that would immediately terminate the Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP) and reduce the debt ceiling by the amount of remaining authorized TARP funds, roughly $200 billion.
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  • Paulsen, Walz Continue to Push MN Legislature for Bipartisan Comprehensive Approach to Energy Independence

    MN–Today, Congressman Walz and Congressman Paulsen released the following statement in reaction to the Obama Administration's stated intentions to push for expanded use of nuclear energy
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  • Latest Media from Congressman Paulsen

    Two radio interviews about the State of the Union and video of Congressman Paulsen's appearance on WCCO Sunday morning with Esme Murphy.
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  • Congressman Erik Paulsen Statement on State of the Union

    "The most important thing, of course, will be what actions take place after the speech. The American people have heard plenty of speeches about what Washington wants to do. They now want them to actually do it."
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  • Minnesota, Louisiana Congressmen Make Wager on Vikings-Saints Tilt

    Roommates in D.C., Reps. Paulsen and Scalise wager famous food from their respective states on results of NFC Championship Game.
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  • Paulsen, Kline, Bachmann Call for Equity for Minnesota in Health Reform Legislation

    Letter to House Speaker Asks for Remedy to Medicare/Medicaid Payment Inequities, Unfunded Mandates as Final Bill is Put Together
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  • Paulsen on The Tragedy in Haiti

    WASHINGTON - The earthquake in Haiti is a devastating tragedy and my thoughts and prayers go out to the victims, their families and the people of Haiti. The United States has committed to offer its full support to the recovery effort, including an immediate investment of emergency aid. I fully support these efforts.
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  • Paulsen to Host Job Fair in Bloomington on February 8th

    EDEN PRAIRIE –Congressman Erik Paulsen (MN-03) today announced he will host a job fair at Normandale Community College in Bloomington on Monday, February 8th. Scheduled to attend Paulsen's job fair are a wide variety of employers from health care, technology, retail and several additional employment sectors. Last week, it was reported that unemployment remained at 10% during the month of December, with 85,000 jobs lost in the month alone.
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  • New Year's Resolution for Congress: Focus on Jobs

    Today, the Bureau of Labor and Statistics released another grim economic report, one that closed out on 2009 on a very disappointing, but unfortunately fitting, note. The latest figures showed that over 85,000 jobs were cut in December, with no improvement in the 10 percent unemployment rate. Once again, despite unprecedented spending of taxpayer dollars and major government intervention into the private marketplace, the American people are seeing little progress in righting the economic ship.
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  • I-94 interchange in Rogers, Dayton gets federal funds

    A proposed interchange on Interstate 94 in Rogers and Dayton is closer to reality after $800,000 in federal funds were secured for final design and environmental studies, officials said. Building an interchange at Brockton Lane would unlock commercial and residential development in the area, said officials from the two northwest metro cities.
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  • Reps. Paulsen and Eshoo Urge "Guardrail", Small Business Exemption in Medical Device Tax

    WASHINGTON –Congressman Erik Paulsen (R-MN-03) and Congresswoman Anna Eshoo (D–CA–14), Co-chairs of the House Medical Technology Caucus, sent a letter to Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi today, urging her to consider two changes to the proposed medical device tax expected to be included in final health care legislation.
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  • Senate to Vote on the Controversial 2,100 Page Health Care Bill

    I am disappointed that the Senate plans to push through a partisan health care bill that does not focus on the fundamental need to lower health costs for all families and small businesses. In fact, this bill could actually increase health care costs for many who are struggling in today's economy. With a price tag of well over $850 billion, including over $500 billion in new taxes, this bill has been rushed, secretive, and holds billions in political favors.
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  • Congressman Paulsen Visits Iraq

    Congressman Paulsen recently traveled to Iraq as part of a Congressional delegation visit, meeting with several Minnesota troops.
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  • Paulsen Secures Key Funding for Minnesota National Guard

    WASHINGTON – The U.S. House of Representatives today approved funding secured by Congressman Erik Paulsen for two key Minnesota National Guard initiatives. Paulsen's request will provide funding for Minnesota's innovative reintegration program, known as Beyond the Yellow Ribbon, as well as funds needed for communications upgrades that will improve response capabilities during state emergencies such as floods and other natural disasters.
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  • Congressman Walz and Congressman Paulsen Join Broad Coalition in Support of Bipartisan Comprehensive Approach to Energy Independece

    St. Paul, MN – Today, Congressman Tim Walz and Congressman Erik Paulsen joined business and labor leaders and state officials to announce support for a bipartisan, comprehensive approach to energy strategy and to call for an end to Minnesota's moratorium on new nuclear power plants.
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  • Paulsen Introduces Legislation to End Bailout Program

    Continuing his effort to protect taxpayers by bringing an end to the Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP), Congressman Erik Paulsen (MN-03) today introduced the TARP Sunset Act, legislation that will end the program at the end of this year. Paulsen's bill, which mirrors an amendment he offered in the House Financial Services Committee yesterday, would officially terminate the TARP program on December 31st, 2009 and prevent a possible extension of the program, which remains an option under current law.
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  • Paulsen Works to End Bailout Program by End of Year

    During legislative markup in the House Financial Services Committee today, Congressman Erik Paulsen (MN-03) offered a proposal to end bailout spending through the Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP) by the end of 2009 and use remaining funds to reduce the national debt. Paulsen's proposal, offered as an amendment to the Financial Stability Improvement Act of 2009, was unfortunately rejected on close committee vote of 30-37.
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  • Paulsen Praises Conditional Approval for Construction of 494/169 Interchange

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  • Congressman Erik Paulsen Statement on Veteran's Day:

    Veteran's Day is truly a day in which we remember the cost of freedom. The freedoms we enjoy today are the result of over two centuries of sacrifice by our men and women of the Armed Forces. Each time our nation has called, our veterans have stood up and shown the world the very best of America. Many have given their lives in the defense and protection of freedom. While this ultimate sacrifice is something we can never truly repay, it is something we must honor each and every day.
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  • STATEMENT OF CONGRESSMAN ERIK PAULSEN

    "Today, the House Majority passed a massive, $1 trillion health care bill that establishes a new government-run health care plan, raises taxes on small businesses and cuts Medicare for seniors by $400 billion. In fact, this bill will likely raise premiums and actually increase the long-term cost obligations of the federal government.
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  • Paulsen Provides Latest Health Care Bill to Constituents

    3rd District Congressman works to ensure access to bill text to constituents ahead of possible vote this week
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  • Paulsen Letter: Vaccines to Guantanamo Detainees "Entirely Unacceptable"

    Letter to HHS and Army Secretaries expresses opposition to reported vaccinations for detainees amid shortage in Minnesota, nation as a whole
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  • Paulsen to Hold Medical Technology Field Hearing On Monday, October 19th

    Eden Prairie, MN – Congressman Erik Paulsen, Co-Chair of the House Medical Technology Caucus, will hold a field hearing entitled "The Impact of the Medical Device Tax on Jobs, Innovation, Patients and the Cost of Health Care" at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, October 19th in Plymouth. The hearing will take place in the council chambers at Plymouth City Hall and include testimony from several local representatives within the medical technology community.
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  • Paulsen: Let's Audit the Fed

    Today, Congressman Erik Paulsen, a freshman member of the Financial Services Committee, released the following statement in response to the hearing on H.R. 1207, the Federal Reserve Transparency Act, which would provide an audit of the Federal Reserve.
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  • Paulsen, MN House Colleagues Send Bipartisan Letter Opposing Medical Technology Tax

    Congressman Erik Paulsen (MN-03), co-chair of the House Medical Technology Caucus, along with Minnesota Congresswomen Betty McCollum and Michele Bachmann sent a letter today to Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus, asking him to remove the new tax on medical device manufacturers included in his Senate health reform package unveiled this afternoon.
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  • House Passes Paulsen-Authored Bill to Strengthen Small Businesses

    WASHINGTON – The U.S. House of Representatives today passed a bill authored by Congressman Erik Paulsen (MN-03) aimed at strengthening the opportunities for small business to access credit needed to grow jobs. Specifically, the Special Inspector General Small Business Awareness Act (H.R. 3179) requires the Special Inspector General for the Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP) to examine the availability of funds to smaller financial institutions and the effect TARP funding is having on small businesses. The bill passed unanimously by a voice vote.
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  • Paulsen Introduces Legislation to Expand Health Savings Accounts

    Washington, D.C. – Congressman Erik Paulsen (MN-03) today introduced legislation to expand and improve the benefits available to Americans who use Health Savings Accounts (HSAs) as part of their health care coverage portfolio. The legislation will be included as one provision in the Medical Rights and Reform Act, a comprehensive health care reform alternative supported by Paulsen and being offered by a group of moderate House members. Paulsen's legislation expands HSAs by including: provisions for greater "catch-up" contributions, expanding HSA options for seniors, removing restrictions on veterans who use HSAs and expanding the number of medical expenses that can be covered to encourage a greater focus on prevention.
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  • Paulsen Praises Approval of Key Funding for Minnesota National Guard

    WASHINGTON –Congressman Erik Paulsen (MN-03) today praised the passage of funding he requested and secured with members of the Minnesota Congressional delegation for two key Minnesota National Guard programs, one aimed at strengthening reintegration services for soldiers returning home and another for improving communications and response capabilities during state emergencies such as floods or other natural disasters. These appropriations were part of the Fiscal Year 2010 Department of Defense Appropriations bill that passed the House of Representatives today on a vote of 400 to 30.
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  • Paulsen Secures Funding for Critical Transportation Improvements in 3rd District

    WASHINGTON – Funding for critical transportation infrastructure projects secured by Congressman Erik Paulsen (MN-03) passed the U.S. House of Representative today. Appropriations for the Interstate 94 - Brockton Lange Interchange, the Highway 169-Interstate 494 Interchange and Highway 610 construction were included as part of the Fiscal Year 2010 Transportation, Housing and Urban Development appropriations bill.
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  • Paulsen Joins Delegation to Address Medicare Reimbursement Inequities Harming Minnesota

    WASHINGTON –Congressman Erik Paulsen (MN-03) yesterday joined each of his colleagues in the Minnesota Congressional delegation in sending a letter to President Obama urging him to address inequities in the Medicare reimbursement payment system that are currently harming states like Minnesota that provide cost-effective, high-quality care. As it stands, Minnesota receives lower reimbursement and pay higher premiums than states, effectively penalizing the state for providing better outcomes and more affordable care.
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  • Paulsen Secures Critical Funding to Safeguard Financial and National Security

    Washington, D.C. – The U.S. House of Representatives today passed an amendment authored by Congressman Erik Paulsen (MN-03) to strengthen financial safeguards and battle financial crimes against the United States. The amendment was passed by a voice vote and attached to the Financial Services Appropriations bill.
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  • PAULSEN COSPONSORS BILL TO PREVENT RESTRICTIONS ON DISPLAY OF SERVICE FLAGS

    WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congressman Erik Paulsen (MN-03) cosponsored legislation to prevent restrictions on the display of Service flags. HR 2546, the Blue Star/Gold Star Flag Act of 2009 ensures the rights of an individual to display the Service flag on residential property without limitation.
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  • Paulsen Introduces Bill to Strengthen Small Business

    Congressman Erik Paulsen (MN-03) today introduced legislation aimed at examining the impact of federal bailout funding on small businesses. Specifically, Paulsen's bill will require the Special Inspector General (SIG) to examine how small businesses are being affected by spending from the Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP). The legislation will help identify and address the challenges that smaller financial institutions, such as community banks, are facing in competing with larger institutions who have received the funding.
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  • Paulsen Amendment to Help Minnesota Medical Innovation Passes House

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  • Paulsen Honored by Nonpartisan Senior Citizens Group for Supporting Small Businesses

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – A national nonpartisan senior citizens group has recognized Congressman Erik Paulsen (MN-03) for his efforts to ensure small businesses and family farms are protected from the estate tax.
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  • Congressman Erik Paulsen Statement on Cap and Trade Legislation

    Congressman Erik Paulsen issued the following statement regarding far-reaching "cap and trade" legislation (H.R. 2454), which was voted on today by the U.S. House of Representatives.
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  • Paulsen Co-Sponsors Bill to Showcase Actual Cost of Cap-and-Trade

    With the U.S. House set to vote on "cap and trade" legislation, Congressman Erik Paulsen (MN-03) has joined several colleagues in co-sponsoring The Cap and Trade Disclosure Act, a bill that would require utility companies to separately itemize the impact of cap-and-trade taxes on the utility bills of every American. Under this proposal, consumers would be able to easily identify the actual cost that cap-and-trade policies have on electricity costs.
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  • House Passes Free Postage Measure for Military Families Co-Sponsored by Rep. Paulsen

    Today, the U.S House of Representatives passed legislation that contained a provision co-sponsored by Congressman Erik Paulsen (MN-03) that provides free postal benefits to the families of our service men and women who send mail to their loved ones while they are deployed.
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  • Paulsen Joins Sunset Caucus to Eliminate Wasteful Government Programs

    Congressman Erik Paulsen announced he has joined the Sunset Caucus, a new Congressional caucus dedicated to protecting taxpayers and shrinking the size of government by eliminating wasteful government programs and spending.
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  • Paulsen: Patient-Centered Bill Will Lower Costs, Improve Access, and Increase Choice

    Yesterday, Congressman Erik Paulsen (MN-03), along with Congressman Mark Kirk (Ill.) and Charlie Dent (Penn.), announced introduction of the "Medical Rights and Reform Act," a comprehensive health care reform proposal aimed at protecting the doctor-patient relationship by increasing access and choice.
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  • Paulsen Opposes $4.1 Billion Cut in Troop Funding

    Congressman Erik Paulsen released a statement expressing disappointment in the FY 2009 War Supplemental Conference Report that passed the U.S. House of Representatives last night.
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  • Paulsen to Participate in Annual Congressional Baseball Game Wednesday

    Freshman Congress to play in annual contest held at Nationals Park
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  • Paulsen Works to Protect Minnesota Auto Dealership Jobs

    In an effort to protect local auto dealership jobs in Minnesota, Congressman Erik Paulsen (MN-03) is cosponsoring the Automobile Dealer Economic Rights Restoration Act, which requires Chrysler and GM to continue to honor their previous commitments to local auto dealers.
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  • Paulsen Cosponsors Legislation To Battle Child Trafficking

    Congressman Erik Paulsen (MN-03) today announced introduction of The Child Protection Compact Act, legislation he is co-sponsoring that seeks to end the terrible practice of trafficking children. The bipartisan bill, authored by Reps. Chris Smith (NJ-04) and Carolyn Maloney (NY-14), represents a major advance in the eradication of trafficking and exploitation of children in developing countries.
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  • Erik Paulsen Cosponsors Legislation Honoring Veterans of Foreign Wars

    Today, Congressman Erik Paulsen (MN-03) announced his co-sponsorship of bipartisan legislation honoring the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW). The resolution, introduced by Congressman John Kline (MN-02), supports the goals and ideals of Veterans of Foreign Wars Day and commends the organization's mission.
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  • Champlin High School Student Wins Third Congressional District Art Contest

    Marja Holm, a resident of Champlin, has won this year's Congressional District Art Competition – an annual art contest for high school students - for Minnesota's Third District.
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  • Paulsen Amendment to Help Veteran-Owned Businesses Passed by House

    WASHINGTON – The U.S. House of Representatives today passed an amendment authored by Congressman Erik Paulsen (MN-03) aimed at strengthening veteran-owned businesses. The amendment, which was approved by voice vote and added to the Job Creation Through Entrepreneurship Act (H.R. 2352) passed today, requires the Government Accountability Office (GAO) to study the effect of the Act in growing and assisting veteran-owned business. Paulsen's amendment also requires the GAO offer suggestions to Congress as to how we can better assist veteran-owned business.
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  • Paulsen Calls for Protection of Patient-Doctor Relationship

    At press conference, introduces Medical Rights Act to prevent delayed health care common in Canada and Great Britain, while preserving rights of patients and doctors to make medical decisions.
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  • Paulsen Co-Sponsors Military Voting Protection Act

    While they are serving overseas, we must ensure their voices are heard by strengthening the absentee voting system they depend on each election.
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  • Paulsen Introduces Bill to Save Minnesotans Millions in Utility Bills

    Measure Would Provide Rebates, Block Further Collection of Fees for Nuclear Waste Fund
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  • Congresssman Paulsen Mortgage Amendment Passes

    An amendment authored by Congressman Erik Paulsen (MN-3) to ensure proposed regulatory changes do not strangle the availability of credit passed the House Financial Services Committee today by voice vote. Specifically, the amendment to the Mortgage Reform and Anti-Predatory Lending Act would require the report conducted by the Comptroller General to include analysis of the law and oversight on the mortgage lending industry, with a specific focus on the availability of credit.
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  • Paulsen, Colleagues Introduce Legislation to Restore Americans' Savings

    Congressman Erik Paulsen joined several of his colleagues in the U.S. House today in introducing the Savings Recovery Act (H.R. 2021), an aggressive plan aimed at restoring and strengthening savings plans of Americans that have been decimated as a result of the economic and financial downturn. Paulsen is a co-sponsor of the legislation and was recently appointed by House Minority Leadership to serve on a Congressional working group aimed at helping Americans rebuild their savings.
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  • CONGRESSMAN ERIK PAULSEN STATEMENT ON BUDGET

    Congressman Erik Paulsen released the following statement today following a vote on the Fiscal Year 2010 budget resolution in the U.S. House of Representatives.
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  • Star Tribune - Paulsen wins backing on TARP oversight

    The U.S. House unanimously approved a bill that freshman Rep. Erik Paulsen co-sponsored increasing the oversight of the government's Wall Street bailout
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  • House Passes Bill Co-Sponsored by Paulsen to Increase Oversight of Taxpayer Dollars

    MN Congressman one of three primary co-sponsors of bill creating broad authority for Special Inspector General to oversee spending of bailout dollars
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  • Paulsen, Kline Urge Transportation Secretary to Support Action on 494/169 Interchange

    U.S. Representatives Erik Paulsen (R-MN) and John Kline (R-MN) today sent a letter to U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood requesting his assistance in seeking a solution that would allow the long-sought Highway 169/Interstate 494 interchange project to move forward. Funding for the project, which is eligible to receive federal stimulus dollars, is in jeopardy because of differing proposals from the Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) and the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA).
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  • Erik Paulsen: Washingon must act on bonuses

    STAR TRIBUNE - MARCH 20th, 2009. Take that money back from AIG. Stop this from happening again when public money is involved. And get government out of the private sector.
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  • Paulsen: Extend Deadline for Liberians in U.S.

    Reiterates call for Deferred Enforced Departure In Speech on House Floor
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  • Klobuchar, Paulsen Introduce Bi-Partisan Metal Theft Bill

    .S. Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) and U.S. Representative Erik Paulsen (R-MN) announced today that they have introduced bipartisan federal legislation to stem the growing endemic of metal thefts. The bipartisan bill, which would deter thieves from a lucrative practice of stealing high-priced metal from public and private infrastructure, was introduced today in the Senate by Senators Amy Klobuchar and Orrin Hatch (R-UT). Paulsen introduced the legislation with Representatives Bart Stupak (D-MI) and Lee Terry (R-NE).
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