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July 21, 2016

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RNC Platform Analysis

Heritage experts provide snapshot analysis of the Republican Party platform’s substance.  We do not to endorse any candidate or political party, but encourage all candidates to move America in a direction to create opportunity for all and favoritism to none.


“The Republican Platform starts by acknowledging that ‘International trade is crucial for all sectors of America’s economy,’ and calls for a ‘Reagan Economic Zone’ like that proposed by The Heritage Foundation in 2001. On the other hand, the platform’s call for ‘parity on trade’ seems to suggest the United States should copy other countries’ bad policies, instead of working to increase Americans’ economic freedom.”– Bryan Riley 

Our Military

“Just like in the Blueprint for Reform, the GOP platform highlights the urgent need to rebuild combat readiness, grow the size of the military, and invest in a modern military. Importantly, the platform also recognizes that rebuilding the military requires a larger defense budget. As outlined in the 2016 Index of U.S. Military Strength, the platform is right to recognize that the U.S. military is getting weaker while threats to our vital interests continue to grow. The best way to protect U.S. vital interests is through a strong military.”  – Justin Johnson


“The Republican platform calls for phasing out the federal transit program, eliminating improper local projects, and ending further diversions from the Highway Trust Fund. Heritage has long proposed to phase out the Federal Transit Administration (FTA), which is projected to save $4 billion in 2017 and roughly $100 billion over 10 years. These policies are all welcome steps towards refocusing the federal role on the truly interstate aspects of the nation’s transportation network.” – Michael Sargent

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