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7 August 2016

Paulsen Endorsed by Minnesota Police and Peace Officers Association, Fraternal Order of Police, Minneapolis Federation of Police

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: August 7th, 2016

Eden Prairie, MN – Minnesota’s three major law enforcement organizations, the Fraternal Order of Police, Minneapolis Federation of Police, and Minnesota Police and Peace Officers Association all endorsed Representative Erik Paulsen for re-election in Minnesota’s Third Congressional District.

Matt Hagen, President of the Minnesota Fraternal Order of Police praised Paulsen’s work: “Erik Paulsen is a true champion for law enforcement. His record of bipartisan success has shown he is willing to work across the aisle to get things done to make our communities safer. The Fraternal Order of Police is proud to endorse Erik Paulsen.”

Paulsen has authored three law enforcement related pieces of legislation that have been signed into law this Congress:

Combating Sex Trafficking

Paulsen authored the “Stop Exploitation Through Trafficking Act” along with Senator Amy Klobuchar which ensures children being sexually exploited are treated as victims and not criminals. This not only helps these young women, but also allows law enforcement to focus their resources on going after the traffickers and the johns exploiting children.

Recovering Missing Children

Most recently, Paulsen authored the “Recovering Missing Children Act,” which gives law enforcement more tools to fill the information gap in missing and abducted children cases. Nearly 200,000 children are abducted by a relative or family member every year, and a study found that in 46 percent of those cases, the relative files a tax return with the child’s Social Security Number or an address that could be used to locate the child. This new law allows the IRS to release that tax information to investigating authorities. Paulsen’s bill was endorsed by several law enforcement groups and the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.

Don’t Tax Our Fallen Heroes

Paulsen also authored the “Don’t Tax Our Fallen Public Safety Heroes Act,” which exempts federal and state survivor benefits from federal income tax. This law guarantees the families of police officers and firefighters killed in the line of duty receive the full benefits they were promised should their loved one make the ultimate sacrifice.

Paulsen is a member of the Ways & Means Committee, the chief tax writing committee in the House of Representatives, and a member of the bi-cameral Joint Economic Committee. Paulsen also is a member of the Law Enforcement Caucus.