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Ryan releases House GOP's national security plan

The national security plank of the House GOP's "A Better Way" policy agenda calls for bolstered homeland security, the defeat of Islamic terrorism, increased assertion of American political, military and economic influence, and reforms affecting diplomacy, the military and law enforcement.

House Speaker Paul Ryan and other House GOP leaders are to present the plan this morning at the Council on Foreign Relations in Washington, D.C. The anti-poverty plank was released Tuesday, and the remaining four planks -- on regulations, the Constitution, healthcare, and taxes -- are to be released in the following weeks.

Homeland security measures in the plan call for addressing security gaps in the nation's immigration and transportation systems, increasing border security and immigration enforcement, combating the radicalization and recruitment of Americans, preparing to respond to and recover from attacks, and bolstering cyber-security.

The plan calls for combating terrorist groups "using all elements of national power" and for "adopting a wartime approach and keeping all options on the table." It also seeks to build a more active U.S.-led coalition against terrorist groups, a global strategy to defeat terrorism, and political solutions to prevent groups from reemerging. Additionally, the plan calls for winning the "battle of ideas" by countering propaganda, modernizing outreach efforts, and "promoting liberty and human dignity as the great alternative to repression and terror."

The foreign policy portion of the plan calls for supporting American allies, strengthening ties with emerging powers such as India, stopping the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, and countering aggression by countries such as Russia, China, North Korea and Iran. The plan also emphasizes trade, foreign aid tied to measurable outcomes, and the promotion of democracy and human rights.

The plan also calls for a series reforms to improve the nation's diplomatic agencies, the military, veterans' benefits, and intelligence-gathering and information-sharing capabilities.

See a summary of the plan:
http://www.wispolitics.com/1006/160607NtlSecOverview.pdf

Read the full plan:
http://www.wispolitics.com/1006/160607FullNtlSecPlan.pdf

See more on the "A Better Way" agenda:
http://www.better.gop


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