Paulsen’s Votes under Trump

As of October 10, 2018, Paulsen votes 97.8% with Trump’s position

You may be interested in how Erik Paulsen votes on issues that are important to you. If you look on Paulsen’s website, you’ll find a page dedicated to his time in Congress and his voting record on legislation that may be important to you. However, this page has no information on his votes. You are also encouraged to click on a link to find out about legislation he’s co-sponsored. However, that link is broken and has been broken for over a year.

We, at IndivisibleMN03, took it upon ourselves to research Paulsen’s voting record on bills voted on by the full House of Representatives. We were dismayed to discover Paulsen votes 97.8% in line with Trump’s position. In fact, to date, Paulsen only voted two times against Trump’s position. This is contrary to our “purple” district (both red- and blue-leaning residents), which has voted for the Democratic candidate for president in 2008, 2012, and 2016 elections (Paulsen was first elected in 2008).

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Gun Safety


(HR 1) Trump signed into law. GovTrack. New York Times

*The Alternative Minimum Tax (AMT) is a secondary tax put in place to prevent the wealthy from artificially reducing their tax bill through the use of tax preference items. The idea was that people--like Donald Trump--who had very high incomes should not be able to use certain deductions to lower their tax bill below what should be reasonably expected for taxpayers at their income level.


Dept. of State        

$2.6 billion decrease

Dept. of Education

$2.4 billion decrease

Dept. of Labor

$1.3 billion decrease

National Oceanic & Atmospheric Association (NOAA)

$710 million decrease

Dept. of Transportation (DOT)

$646 million decrease

Dept. of Health and Human Services

$542 million decrease

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

$198 million decrease

Substance Abuse Mental Health Administration

$306 million decrease

Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services

$219 million decrease

Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

$528 million decrease

Dept. of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)

$487 million decrease

Forest Service's Wildland Firefighting and Prevention

$334 million decrease

National Park Service

$64 million decrease

National Endowments for the Arts and Humanities

$5 million decrease

* DACA stands for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals. The program was introduced in 2012 by President Obama as a stopgap measure that would shield from deportation people who were brought into the United States as children. The status is renewable, lasting two years at a time. The program does not provide a pathway to citizenship.

DACA recipients are often referred to as Dreamers, after a similar piece of legislation called the Dream Act, which was introduced in 2001 and would have given its beneficiaries a path to American citizenship. They now fall between the ages of 16 and 35; the vast majority came from Mexico, though many others were born in Central and South America, Asia and the Caribbean. The status has been issued to roughly 800,000 people (New York Times). There are roughly 6,300 Dreamers in Minnesota (Star Tribune). Trump ended the program in September 2017, leaving Dreamers fearful of being deported.

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Consumer Protection

Foreign Affairs/National Security



HR = House of Representatives bill

S = Senate bill

Resolutions: Resolutions are not enacted into law and do not need the president’s approval. There are three types of resolutions: simple resolution, joint resolution, concurrent resolution. GovTrack.

H Res = House Resolution.

H Con Res = House Concurrent Resolution

HJ Res = House Joint Resolution

S Con Res = Senate Concurrent Resolution

SJ Res = Senate Joint Resolution

Steps on how a bill becomes a law

It’s important to remember that some bills passed in the House may never be voted on in the Senate, therefore, may never become law.