A. Resolve Conflicts through Diplomacy
- Promote stability in the Middle East by withdrawing all US military forces from the area, replacing US military aid with development aid and engaging diplomatically with all nations in the region.
- Implement the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action with Iran without additional sanctions, and restore diplomatic relations with Iran.
- Support resolution of the Israeli Palestinian conflict through determined, balanced and multilateral diplomacy.
- Continue normalization of relations with Cuba by lifting the trade embargo and closing the Guantanamo Bay detention camp.
- Lead diplomatic efforts to end the Syrian civil war engaging all interested parties.
Rep. Paulsen voted against the Lee Amendment to H.R. 5656 to fund only the safe and orderly withdrawal from Afghanistan. – 07/08/12
Rep. Paulsen voted against the McGovern/Jones amendment to require the President to present a plan with a timeframe and completion date for the transfer of military operations to Afghan authorities. – May 2011
Congressman Paulsen supports our current strategy in Afghanistan and believes that we must destroy this network of terrorists and the Taliban. He does not support a timetable for withdrawal from Afghanistan, but is looking to General Petraeus for recommendations. – Legislative Direction Noah Jacobson 8/31/10
Rep. Paulsen voted for F. Y. 2010 Emergency Supplemental Appropriations (H.R. 4899) to continue funding for the War in Afghanistan. – 7/27/10
Rep. Paulsen voted no to requiring an Exit Strategy for Afghanistan – Amdt #3 to Military Authorization Bill – 6/25/09
Rep. Paulsen’s support for sanctions on Iran is due to supporting “a diplomatic solution to find a peaceful end to Iran’s nuclear weapons program” – 7/14/15
Rep. Paulsen voted cosponsored and voted for H.R. 850 which imposes a de-facto oil embargo against Iran, requires the Sec of State to determine whether IRGC is a foreign terrorist organization, and forces other countries to reduce all trade with Iran–including food & medicine sales, or face U.S. sanctions. – 7/31/13
Rep. Paulsen voted against the Lee amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act to appoint a Special Envoy for diplomacy with Iran; lift the no contact ban that currently bars U.S. diplomats from talking with their Iranian counterparts; and prohibit a pre-emptive attack on Iran without congressional authorization. – 5/18/12
Rep. Paulsen voted in favor of H.R. 1905, the Iran Threat Reduction and Syria Human Rights Act of 2012, which not only imposed greater sanctions on Iran, it was specifically designed to cripple Iran’s economy
Rep. Paulsen voted in favor of the Iran Refined Petroleum Sanctions Act, H.R. 2194, designed to punish companies that cooperate with Iran’s attempts to import petroleum products. – 12/16/09
“The regime in Iran that seeks to wipe Israel off the map, has denied the fact the Holocaust ever happened, calls for the destruction of America, funds the militias fighting against our troops in Iraq and denies their people the right to a fair election is our enemy. We must prevent them from every acquiring a nuclear weapon” – Noah Jacobson, Legislative Director, 7/23/09
Rep. Paulsen co-sponsored H.Res. 867 which “calls on the President and the Secretary of State to oppose unequivocally any endorsement or further consideration of the ‘Report of the United Nations Fact Finding Mission on the Gaza Conflict’.” This report find both Palestine and Israel guilty of human rights violations.
“I have not spoken with Representative Paulsen on the settlement issue but he believes that Israel is its own sovereign nation, he also believes that a two state solution is a viable option that should be left on the table.” – Noah Jacobson, Legislative Director, 7/23/09
“Israel has been and will continue to be, one of our strongest allies in the world.” – Noah Jacobson, Legislative Director, 7/23/09
“We should be looking at opportunities to open up trade between the United States and Cuba so we can export more American goods and services. However, the President should have engaged Congress before making concessions to the Cuban government.” – Minnpost.com (2/6/15)
I opposed the President’s request for military intervention in Syria because it was too broad, too open-ended, too risky, and does not identify a clear U.S. national interest. I believe the appropriate course of action is for the United States to lead an international effort to prosecute those responsible for the use of chemical weapons for war crimes before an international criminal tribunal. I am cosponsoring a bipartisan resolution that calls for an immediate ceasefire in Syria and directs the President to work with the international and U.N. Security Council to investigate and prosecute war crimes committed by both the Syrian government and the rebel groups. – 9/10/13, Constituent letter
Rep. Paulsen voted in favor of H.A. 1141 which authorizes the Secretary of Defense to provide aid to the Syrian opposition. A continuing resolution was sent to the Senate – 9/17/14
B. Build an international infrastructure for peace and prosperity:
- Develop and strengthen alternatives to military force such as civilian peacekeeping forces, mediation and conflict-resolution, and significantly grow the US diplomatic corps.
- Commit to just and sustainable economic development strategies.
- Take a leadership role in international agreements on climate change, including reduction of emissions that cause global warming, and develop energy alternatives.
Representative Paulsen voted to deauthorize the U.S. Institute of Peace, established in 1984 as Title XXII of the 1985 Defense Authorization Act, signed by President Reagan and supported by General David Petraeus, Wesley Clark, Anthony Zinni, Mike Mullen, and Bob Gates. â€“ June 2011
Rep. Paulsen is a co-sponsor of H.R. 2139, the Initiating Foreign Assistance Reform Act 2009, which places great emphasis on aid effectiveness and the need to better coordinate U.S. foreign aid programs by requiring increased transparency.
Rep. Paulsen voted for Free Trade Agreements with South Korea, Columbia and Panama. – October 2011
Free trade is helpful. We should reduce trade barriers. Congressman Paulsen is working to establish cross-cultural relations with India and China through business, cultural, and educational programs. -Noah Jacobson, Legislative Director – 7/23/09
The Energy and Environment page on his website,
Promote the use of new, clean and reliable sources of energy like wind, solar and nuclear.
Increase the supply of domestic energy-producing American energy produces American jobs through domestic exploration and production.
Invest in research and development for innovation and energy efficiency.
Create incentives for alternative energy sources.
A link to previous press releases about his involvement with energy and environment issues is can be accessed here: http://paulsen.house.gov/press-releases/tag/energy-environment/, where the most recent articles from the first quarter of 2015, details Paulsen’s approval for the Keystone XL Pipeline. – March 2016
Rep. Paulsen voted no on the American Clean Energy and Security Act (H.R.2454): To create clean energy jobs, achieve energy independence, reduce global warming pollution and transition to a clean energy economy. – Passed 6/26/09
C. Dismantle the infrastructure that encourages militaristic response to conflicts:
- Significantly reduce the US defense budget, increase its transparency and ensure the military is accountable for its defense expenditures.
- Negotiate and approve agreements and treaties such as the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, that reduce the risk of war.
- Reaffirm US commitment to the Geneva Conventions, US Rules of Engagement and US Code of Military Conduct.
Rep. Paulsen continues to “support a strong national defense” because “we must also continue to improve our law enforcement, border security and immigration measures” – Paulsenforcongress.com, July 2015
Rep. Paulson voted â€œnoâ€, along with 232 of his colleagues, on Rep. Schiff’s amendment to the NDAA to repeal the Authorization of the Use of Military Force. There were 191 votes for it. – 5/22/14
In a time of tight budgets, the Department of Defense also needs to be scrutinized for reduced spending and has an obligation to taxpayers to efficiently operate its programs free of waste, fraud, and abuse. I support an ongoing examination of all areas of the defense budget, as well as our overseas commitments and military bases. I have also voted to cut excessive defense spending, including the funding of a second jet engine for the F22, which saved an estimated $3 billion. In addition, I voted this year to cut an additional $139 million in military spending and other various programs. – Constituent letter 7/23/13
Rep. Paulsen voted against the Schiff Amendment which would have restricted the use of funds in the Military Appropriations Bill for any use of force under the legal rationale of the 2001 Authorization for the Use of Military Force (AUMF) after December 31, 2014. Failed 185 – 236. – July 2013
Rep. Paulsen voted against H.R. 403, the Mulvaney Amendment on Cutting War Funding, that ended up cutting $3.5 Billion from the Overseas Contingencies Operations, which provided broad funding for war – 7/24/13
I believe in the need for transparency in the U.S. drone program. While drones have proved to be a valuable counter-terrorism asset, Congress needs to ensure the use of drones is both effective and legal. – Constituent letter 7/8/13
Rep. Paulsen voted against the Mulvaney/Frank Amendment to cut $1.1B from the Defense Appropriations Bill. – 07/19/12
Rep. Paulsen voted to transfer $17M from the troubled MOX plutonium program to secure or remove bomb-grade nuclear material around the world. – 6/06/12
Congressman Paulsen strongly supports the need to keep our troops fully equipped. He has voted against continuing wasteful DOD spending every opportunity that came to the floor of the House. He is definitely interested in finding ways to decrease defense spending so long as it doesn’t impact our ability to defend the United States and our interests abroad. – Noah Jacobson, Legislative Director 8/31/10
The massive federal spending increases are not solely due to war. (Maintaining military spending levels) is necessary because â€œwe still have our troops over in Iraq & Afghanistan fighting for an important mission. – Noah Jacobson, Legislative Director, 7/23/09
The Congressman was pleased that Congress passed and the President signed into law a ban on the exportation of cluster bombs and that there is a plan in place to reduce the number of dud bombs left behind. As far as military tactics, we believe those decisions should be made based on the needs and recommendations of Generals in the field. – Noah Jacobson, Legislative Director – 7/23/09
I don’t advocate closing a lot of bases. – Congressman Paulsen, 4/08/09
Rep. Paulsen voted in favor of a bill for funding to reduce the nuclear arsenal. – 6/14/13
Rep. Paulsen voted against the Moran Amendment to the NDAA to strike sections of the bill that would restrict funding for the transfer or release of detainees being held at the Guantanamo Bay prison to the United States or another sovereign country. Failed 175-247. – 7/24/13