Second Plank of Bold Agenda Includes 67 Recommendations to Protect the Homeland, Defeat the Terrorists, and Tackle New Threats

WASHINGTON—Today at the Council on Foreign Relations, House Republicans unveiled an initiative that charts a better course for America’s foreign policy and national security. It is a vision for a Confident America that keeps its people safe, and keeps the peace in a dangerous world.

This is the second plank of A Better Way, a bold agenda to tackle some of the country’s biggest challenges. The first plank, an initiative aimed at lifting people out of poverty, was released on Tuesday.

Our plan—available now at—includes 67 recommendations for Congress and the President, including ideas to:

  • Protect the Homeland. We must keep terrorists out of America, secure our borders, and stop cyberattacks.
  • Defeat the Terrorists. We must make it our top national security priority to prevail in the war against radical Islamic extremism.
  • Tackle New Threats. We must make sure our country is ready to tackle the threats of our time and beyond.
  • Defend Freedom. We must restore American influence, advance free enterprise, and expand the community of free nations.

These ideas were developed by the Task Force on National Security, which includes: Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-VA), Homeland Security Committee Chairman Michael McCaul (R-TX), Homeland Security Committee Vice Chair Candice Miller (R-MI), Veterans Affairs Committee Chairman Jeff Miller (R-FL), Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes (R-CA), Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Ed Royce (R-CA), and Armed Services Committee Chairman Mac Thornberry (R-TX).

About A Better Way. A Better Way is a bold policy agenda to address some of the country’s biggest challenges. It takes our timeless principles—liberty, free enterprise, consent of the governed—and applies them to the problems of our time. Developed with input from around the country, it starts the debate now on what we can achieve in 2017 and beyond. It is our vision for a Confident America, at home and abroad. Now we are taking these ideas to the people, so you have a clear choice about the direction of the country. To learn more, visit