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16Better14 on Jun 9, 2016

Report: restoring American influence instead of "leading from behind"
Our enemies no longer fear us and our allies no longer trust us. We must do whatever is necessary to protect our homeland from terror, and we must take the fight to the enemy. Instead of making it up along the way, we set out a clear strategy to defeat ISIS. Instead of ignoring our traditional allies, we renew our ties with them, and we do so in a way that serves our mutual interests. Instead of leading from behind, we act as a force for liberty and free enterprise around the world. And instead of fighting with yesterday's tools, we make sure our men and women have what they need to tackle the threats of our time and beyond. A confident America does not threaten the peace. A confident America keeps the peace, and keeps its people safe and free.

Our Ideas

  • 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.
Our plan includes ideas to:
  • Restore American influence: The Obama administration's policy of "leading from behind" and its philosophy of "strategic patience" have eroded our influence and the trust of our allies. We should restore our influence by tackling emerging threats before they metastasize, and insisting that our allies carry their share of the burden.
  • Expand the community of free societies: The defense of liberty at home depends on its success abroad. We should hold tyrannical regimes accountable, work to assist countries with peaceful democratic transitions, and promote freedom and human rights.
Also see Overview of "A Better Way"; details of "Vision for U.S. Security"; and related GOP plank on Energy


    Participating counts on VoteMatch question 14. Question 14: Support American Exceptionalism Scores: -2=Strongly oppose; -1=Oppose; 0=neutral; 1=Support; 2=Strongly support.
  • Topic: Foreign Policy
  • Headline: Restore American influence instead of "leading from behind" (Score: 2)

    Participating counts on AmericansElect question 5.
  • Headline: Restore American influence instead of "leading from behind" (Answer: A)
  • AmericansElect Quiz Question 5 on Foreign Policy: When you think about the US pursuing its interests abroad, which of the following is closest to your opinion?
    • A: The US should always act in its own interest regardless of what other countries think
    • B: The US should rarely listen to other countries
    • C: The US should listen to other countries more often than not
    • D: The US should always listen to other countries before pursuing its own interests
    • E: Unsure


  • Key for participation codes:
  • Sponsorships: p=sponsored; o=co-sponsored; s=signed
  • Memberships: c=chair; m=member; e=endorsed; f=profiled; s=scored
  • Resolutions: i=introduced; w=wrote; a=adopted
  • Cases: w=wrote; j=joined; d=dissented; c=concurred
  • Surveys: '+' supports; '-' opposes.



Democrats participating in 16Better14



Republicans participating in 16Better14

Rob Bishop s1sUtah Republican 
Kevin Brady s1sTexas Republican 
Steve Chabot s1sOhio Republican 
Jason Chaffetz s1sUT Former Republican Challenger (2011) 
Mike Conaway s1sTexas Republican 
Bob Goodlatte s1sVirginia Republican 
Jeb Hensarling s1sTexas Republican 
John Kline s1sMinnesota Republican 
Michael McCaul s1sTexas Republican 
Candice Miller s1sMichigan Republican (retiring 2016) 
Jeff Miller s1sFlorida Republican 
Devin Nunes s1sCalifornia Republican 
Hal Rogers s1sKentucky Republican 
Ed Royce s1sCalifornia Republican 
Paul Ryan s1sPOTUS Republican 
Pete Sessions s1sTexas Republican 
Bill Shuster s1sPennsylvania Republican 
Lamar Smith s1sTexas Republican 
Mac Thornberry s1sTexas Republican 
Fred Upton s1sMichigan Republican 



Independents participating in 16Better14

Tom Price s1sGA Health and Human Services 



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