Republican Party Platform 2016

These are the key points of the 2016 Republican Party Platform:

These platform positions are expanded in further detail below:

Restoring the American dream

  • Proposes lowering tax rates when they penalize thrift or discourage investment
  • Opposes retroactive taxation
  • Favors making religious organizations, charities, and fraternal organizations tax-exempt
  • Proposes that any national VAT or sales tax must be tied to repealing the Sixteenth Amendment
  • Favors lowering the corporate tax rate to equivalent levels of other industrialized nations
  • Favors a territorial system of taxation to allow profits to be repatriated
  • Pledges to insist on parity of trade with other nations
  • Believes Dodd-Frank imposes excessive regulations and burdensome requirements, and states the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is the worst part of this legislation
  • Favors allowing businesses and financial institutions to go through the bankruptcy processes normally as part of the Bankruptcy Code
  • Favors prudent regulation of the banking system
  • Favors scaling back the federal role in the housing market and promoting borrower/lender responsibility
  • Calls for a review of all federal regulations, especially environmental, that make it more difficult for Americans to own, rent, or sell homes
  • Pledges to end government requirements for federally-insured banks to fulfill lending quotas to specific groups
  • Favors keeping zoning decisions local, not federal
  • Proposes removing specific programs from the Highway Trust Fund, such as those that relate to mass transit, bike-share programs, historical renovations, and recreational trails
  • Favors phasing out the federal transit program and reforming the sections of the National Environmental Policy Act that increase costs for transportation projects
  • Favors repealing the Davis-Beacon law
  • Pledges to remove legal roadblocks for public-private partnerships
  • Favors revoking the right to unionize for TSA employees
  • Favors opening up passenger train services to private competition, especially in the Northeast and California
  • Favor simplifying the tax code
  • Favors reducing corporate tax rates
  • Proposes transitioning to a territorial tax system
  • Favors balanced protection for intellectual property
  • Favors public-private partnerships for developing a high speed internet infrastructure
  • Favors more scientific missions launched into space
  • Favors an expedited upgrade of the national power grid
  • Favors reconsidering the capital gains tax rate, especially as it relates to creating available venture capital
  • Favors reducing occupational licensing laws
  • Opposes the “regulatory nightmare” created by Dodd-Frank
  • Pledges to advance legislation that makes the Federal Reserve, Federal Open Market Committee, and fed dealings with foreign banks more transparent and accountable
  • Pledges to audit the Federal Reserve’s activities
  • Favors a fixed dollar rate, such as one based on a metallic currency
  • Intends to restore fairness to the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB)
  • Favors a national law similar to right-to-work
  • Believes the minimum-wage issue should be handled at the state and local level
  • Proposes bringing federal worker compensation levels more in line with the private sector’s
  • Favors reconsidering the right for federal employees to unionize
  • Favors reducing the national debt

Rebirth of constitutional government (top)

  • Rejects quotas and affirmative action as tools of discrimination
  • Opposes presidential abuses of executive orders
  • Opposes abuses of power by the EPA, IRS, and White House
  • Favors Republican-appointed Supreme Court justices as being the only way of reversing decisions made in Roe v. Wade, Obergefell v. Hodges, and in arguments regarding the Affordable Care Act
  • Opposes the adoption or ratification of treaties that would weaken or encroach upon American sovereignty
  • Pledges not to recognize any international agreement that is not supported by two-thirds of the Senate
  • Supports the Regulation Freedom Amendment
  • Supports the notion that the foundation for a free society is based on marriage between one man and one women
  • Condemns United States Windsor and Obergefell v. Hodges
  • Urges the repeal of the Johnson Amendment
  • Pledges to defend the religious beliefs and rights of conscience of all Americans
  • Supports the First Amendment Defense Act
  • Favors allowing religious institutions to receive government benefits
  • Supports the right of Americans to act in accordance with their religious beliefs
  • Pledges to support business owners who have been subjected to hate campaigns, threats of violence, and other attempts to deny their civil rights
  • Supports the public display of the Ten Commandments
  • Opposes requiring private organizations to publicly disclose their donors to the government on the grounds of free speech
  • Opposes restrictions on political parties from McCain-Feingold
  • Favors raising or repealing campaign contribution limits
  • Favors protecting the political speech of different organizations
  • Opposes the Fairness Doctrine
  • Supports free-market approaches to free speech that in not regulated by the government
  • Believes that unions using dues to support political candidates is tyrannical
  • Supports the Second Amendment as an inalienable right
  • Supports firearm reciprocity legislation between states
  • Supports constitutional firearms carry statutes
  • Opposes federal firearms and ammunition licensing initiatives
  • Opposes restoration of the Clinton gun ban
  • Calls for an investigation of “Fast and Furious”
  • Supports strict limitations on the use of aerial surveillance on US soil, except for border patrols
  • Opposes any attempts requiring government surveillance devices in daily personal lives
  • Favors a balance between the right of citizens to communicate free from government intrusion and the capability of government to access encrypted communications systems
  • Calls for a change to residency-based taxation for US citizens
  • Calls for a repeal of the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA)
  • Supports the notion that unborn children have a fundamental right to life that cannot be infringed
  • Supports a constitutional amendment protecting and defining human life
  • Opposes the use of public funds to support organizations that perform abortions or sell fetal body parts, such as Planned Parenthood
  • Favors criminalization of trade in fetal tissues
  • Pledges not to fund or subsidize healthcare that includes abortion coverage
  • Opposes euthanasia and assisted suicide
  • Supports legislation that provides for equal child support from the mother and father until the child reaches adulthood
  • Supports funding for ultrasounds and adoption assistance
  • Supports laws that require informed consent, parental consent, and waiting periods for abortions
  • Opposes Whole Women’s Health v. Hellerstedt
  • Supports the Born-Alive Infant Protection Act and the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act
  • Supports a federal version of a Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act
  • Opposes dismemberment abortion procedures
  • Supports a ban on sex-selective abortions
  • Opposes embryonic stem cell research, and federal funding thereof
  • Favors restoration of the national placental stem cell bank
  • Supports a ban on human cloning and opposes federal funding for embryo harvesting
  • Opposes Kelo v. City of New London
  • Supports the Private Property Rights Protection Act
  • Supports laws that protect law-abiding citizens against asset forfeitures
  • Supports upholding intellectual property rights
  • Supports the ideal of federalism, including as it relates to voter identification laws, education curricula, bathroom laws, immigration, and healthcare programs
  • Pledges to restore the proper federalist balance between state laws and the federal government
  • Opposes the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact or any other efforts to reshape or rescind the Electoral College
  • Pledges to protect the voting rights of every citizen
  • Supports state efforts to ensure voting rights for every legitimate voter
  • Supports legislation that requires proof of citizenship when registering to vote and proof of identity when voting
  • Opposes litigation against states that enact their own voting laws
  • Advocates the Voter Registration Cross Check Program
  • Favors more scrutiny of online credit card contributions to candidates and campaigns

Agriculture, energy, and the environment (top)

  • Dairy and meat production policies should not compromise competitiveness
  • Calls for a fundamental restructuring of the food regulatory process
  • Calls for an end to federal mandates on food options and menu labeling
  • Opposes mandatory labeling for genetically modified foods
  • Calls the EPA’s Waters of the United States (WOTUS) rule a travesty
  • Opposes federal control of state waters and waterways
  • Favors encouragement and fostering of ranching on public lands
  • Pledges to restore all welfare work requirements for able-bodied adults that have been removed since welfare reform in 1996
  • Pledges to separate the administration of SNAP from the Department of Agriculture
  • Pledges to advance policies that protect private ownership of farmers’ and ranchers’ data
  • Favors state management of forests over federal management
  • Favors state control of energy resources on federally-controlled public lands
  • Calls for the opening of public lands and the outer continental shelf to oil and gas exploration
  • Pledges to get rid of the Clean Power Plan
  • Opposes lengthy permitting processes for electricity production
  • Favors finishing the Keystone Pipeline
  • Supports the development of all forms of non-subsidy marketable energy
  • Supports a state’s right to regulate hydraulic fracturing
  • Favors better implementation of the Nuclear Waste Policy Act, especially as it relates to long-term storage
  • Encourages the cost-effective development of renewable energy sources
  • Supports expediting the permitting process for mineral extraction on public land
  • Supports responsible development of nuclear energy
  • Opposes any tax on carbon
  • Favors expediting LNG export terminals
  • Supports an increase of domestic energy production
  • Favors shifting environmental regulation from the EPA to the states
  • Pledges to end environmental “sue to settle”
  • Pledges to reform the Equal Access to Justice Act
  • Pledges to enforce the original intent of the Clean Water Act
  • Pledges to forbid the EPA from regulating carbon dioxide
  • Pledges to give Congress the authority to set the national ambient air quality standard
  • Pledges to change the permitting process under the National Environmental Policy Act
  • Favors an immediate change in the law that gives states control of certain public land
  • Favors amending the Antiquities Act to give Congress the right to approve national monument designation
  • Calls for the protection of species threatened under the Endangered Species Act to be done with consideration to the development of land and natural resources
  • Rejects the agendas of both Kyoto Protocols and the Paris Agreement
  • Demands an end to US funding for the UN’s Framework Convention on Climate Change because it has granted Palestine membership as a state

Government reform (top)

  • Pledges to fight for a constitutional Balanced Budget Amendment that includes the requirement for a super-majority approval on tax increases, except for emergencies like war
  • Believes that if an expenditure proposal is not within the scope of the federal government it should not be approved, especially if it has been ineffective in the past
  • Proposes no changes to the Medicare/Medicaid system for people over 55
  • Proposes a premium-support model for Medicare
  • Favors competition among Medicare providers
  • Favors guaranteeing enrollees an income-adjusted Medicare plan of their choice, which includes catastrophic protection
  • Proposes a more realistic age for retirement
  • Views the Affordable Care Act as a way of rationing healthcare and opposes this
  • Favors block-granting Medicare funding to governors and legislatures, especially for treatment of mental health issues
  • Respects states’ rights to exclude federal funding from abortion providers
  • Proposes that all options should be considered for Social Security reform
  • Does not favor new government authority to tax the internet
  • Pledges to resist any effort to shift control of the internet towards governance by international or intergovernmental organizations
  • Pledges to ensure that personal data has full constitutional protection from government overreach
  • Supports English as the official language of the USA
  • States that the interest of American workers must be protected over the claims of foreign nationals seeking the same jobs
  • Opposes any type of amnesty for immigrants who broke the law and disadvantaged those who have been obeying the law
  • Calls for rescinding the executive amnesties made in 2012 and 2014
  • States the highest priorities are securing the borders and ports of entry and enforcing immigration law
  • Supports building a wall along the entirety of the southern border
  • Calls for making e-verify mandatory for employment nationwide
  • Supports the SAVE program (Systematic Alien Verification for Entitlements) which ensures public funds are only provided to persons legally in the country
  • Favors making gang membership a deportable offense
  • Supports a mandatory five-year minimum sentence for anyone who has been deported and re-enters the country illegally again
  • Proposes denying federal funds to any “sanctuary city”
  • Favors reforming the guest worker program to take into consideration high national unemployment levels
  • Supports the right of states to enact laws deterring illegal immigration
  • States that asylum should be limited to cases relating to political, ethnic, or religious persecution
  • Favors barring refugees who cannot be fully vetted from entering the country
  • Proposes restoring the treaty systems whereby ratification requires a two-thirds majority in the Senate, and retroactively applying this principle to all international agreements made by the Obama administration
  • Calls for the impeachment of the commissioner of the IRS
  • Favors repealing the Johnson Amendment regarding its restricting of political speech for non-profits
  • Favors simplifying the federal tax code
  • Supports a full audit of the Pentagon and Department of Defense
  • Favors term limits for Congress
  • Supports reinstating the Glass-Steagall Act
  • Supports legislation that would require Congressional approval for regulation that would impose significant cost on Americans
  • Favors setting a cap on expenses that can be incurred as a result of regulation
  • Proposes granting tribal governments the same authority as state governments regarding labor matters
  • Pledges to support local autonomy when tribal governments seek it
  • Favors having the legal system in tribal communities protect property rights
  • Calls for US territories to be exempt from laws that increase the cost for their populations, such as the minimum wage and Jones Act
  • Calls for a US territories committee made up of five representatives from the five territories/commonwealths, reviewing all relevant federal regulations
  • Calls for appointment of a Special Assistant to the President responsible for day-to-day interaction with the territories and commonwealths
  • Supports admittance of Puerto Rico as a state
  • Favors minority representation in DC’s City Council, as inferred in the Home Rule Act
  • Favors passing legislation allowing law-abiding DC residents to own and carry firearms
  • Opposes statehood status for DC

Families, education, healthcare, and criminal justice (top)

  • Defines natural marriage as being between one man and one woman
  • Opposes policies or laws that create a financial incentive for cohabitation
  • Calls for federal laws to recognize marriage as being between one man and one woman, and promote marriage as such
  • Opposes the Supreme Court’s recent definition of marriage, and calls for its reversal
  • Supports entities’ and individuals’ rights to decline services based on religious beliefs, including those surrounding marriage
  • Supports the First Amendment Defense Act
  • Favors removing marriage penalties from the tax code and public assistance programs
  • Advocates more work requirements as the economy grows for those receiving public assistance
  • Calls for the removal of excess regulation and licensing requirements, including excess requirements for forming schools and daycares
  • Favors allowing parents to choose their children’s school
  • Favors greater state and local control over public assistance programs
  • Supports a constitutional amendment that protects parents’ rights to be their children’s first and foremost educator
  • Opposes the imposition of national standards and assessments in education, such as Common Core
  • Advocates study of the Bible as being an elective course in high school
  • Favors replacing teacher tenure systems with merit-based systems
  • Supports education vouchers, tuition tax credits, and educational savings accounts (ESAs)
  • Favors allowing Title I and IDEA funds to be able to follow a child to a school of the parents’ choosing
  • Supports an English First approach in education
  • Calls for replacing family planning education with sexual risk avoidance programs that hold abstinence until marriage as the responsible standard of behavior
  • Opposes school-based clinics that provide resources for contraception or abortion
  • Opposes the sharing and collection of cyber emotional and social data from students
  • Opposes Title IX interpretation to affect restrooms and locker rooms
  • Opposes “safe zones” because college students do not need protection from the free exchange of ideas, as well as on First Amendment grounds
  • Opposes the boycott, divest, and sanction (BDS) movement against Israel
  • Favors emphasizing private student loans and having the federal government get out of the student loan business
  • Favors giving states the power to accredit schools
  • Calls for repealing the Affordable Care Act and replacing it with an approach based on competition, patient choice, excellent care, wellness, and timely access to treatment
  • Supports block grants for Medicare
  • Stands against abortion
  • Favors small business and individual purchasing pools as ways to expand healthcare coverage
  • Favors allowing consumers to buy health insurance across state lines
  • Proposes repealing the McCarran-Ferguson Act which protects insurance companies from anti-trust litigation
  • Favors growing health savings accounts (HSAs) and health reimbursement accounts (HRAs)
  • Supports the right of healthcare companies and providers to follow their religious, moral, and ethical convictions
  • Favors requiring parental consent for a minor to cross state lines for an abortion
  • Calls for a permanent ban on federal funding and subsidies for abortion and healthcare plans that include abortion coverage
  • Supports a cap in non-economic damages in medical malpractice litigation
  • Advocates a ban on the creation or experimentation on human embryos for research, and a ban on human cloning for research or reproduction
  • Supports terminally ill patients’ Right to Try regarding unapproved drugs
  • Supports the Higher Education Act, TIME Act, and ABLE Act
  • Opposes non-consensual withholding of care from the disabled, newborns, elderly, and infirm
  • Opposes euthanasia and assisted suicide
  • Favors a DEA ban on controlled substances for physician-assisted suicide
  • Calls for protection for Americans who mistakenly violate a new and unclear federal law
  • Calls for mandatory prison sentences for serious injury assaults against police officers
  • Supports the peoples’ right to capital punishment

Resurgent America (top)

  • Committed to rebuilding the S. military into the strongest on earth
  • Supports maintaining or increasing sanctions against Russia until Ukraine’s territorial integrity is fully restored
  • Supports providing appropriate assistance to Ukraine’s armed forces, including greater NATO defense planning
  • Favors increasing troop numbers and readiness
  • Favors abandoning arms control treaties that have a cumulatively negative disadvantage to the US
  • Favors a multi-layerd missile defense system
  • Favors the modernization of nuclear weapons
  • Favors ending the policy of mutually assured destruction
  • Favors applying special scrutiny to foreign nationals from terror-sponsoring, or Islamic terrorism countries, who want to enter the United States
  • Favors renewing the National Entry-Exit Registration System
  • Favors existing programs that offer military members and their families readjustment information and counseling
  • Favors government work with the private sector to support veterans wounded in body as well as in spirit, such as through Puppies Assisting Wounded Servicemen (PAWS) or through faith-based organizations
  • Supports the right of military chaplains to practice their faith free of political interference
  • Supports an increase in the size of the chaplain corps
  • Pledges that a Republican president will resist attempts to ban the Bible or religious symbols from military facilities, and encourage education for service members on religious liberties
  • Opposes the reinstatement of the draft except in extreme cases such as a world war
  • Opposes compulsory Selective Service registration for women
  • Opposes women involvement in direct ground combat units and infantry battalions
  • Opposes anything that might weaken or divide team cohesion
  • States that military readiness should not be sacrificed for political correctness
  • Opposes legislative attempts to modify the military justice system
  • Supports a larger National Guard force and opposes cuts to its budget
  • Supports a permanent budget line for the National Guard
  • Pledges to fundamentally change the VA’s senior leadership structure by placing presidential appointees in significant positions of responsibility
  • States that the VA must improve its efforts to provide quality and timely care
  • Favors allowing veterans to access healthcare services at VA as well as local community providers under a single veteran healthcare system
  • Favors retaining a preference for hiring veterans in federal employment
  • Pledges to end the automatic ban on gun sales to members of the Armed Forces who have appointed representatives to manage their finances
  • Considers the Iran nuclear deal as being non-binding for the next president
  • Supports the transition to a post-Assad Syrian government
  • Favors a partnership with Iraq as long as ISIS and related groups remain in the region
  • Favors conditioning humanitarian and military assistance to governments on their observable commitment to human rights
  • States that Kurdish actions merit their autonomy
  • Favors the US government providing a safe-haven in Northern Iraq to protect ethnic and religious minorities
  • States that support for Israel is an expression of Americanism
  • Pledges to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and move the US embassy there
  • Supports the right of Israel to defend itself and rejects the notion that it is an occupier
  • Calls for legislation to thwart the BDS movement against Israel
  • Proposes withholding US funding for any entity that attempts to dictate boarders or other terms for an Israel-Palestine peace deal
  • Pledges to counter any threats from North Korea
  • Opposes any unilateral steps to alter the status quo in the Taiwan Straits
  • Pledges to help Taiwan defend itself if violations of the Taiwan Relations Act are violated
  • Demands that NATO members fulfill their commitment and make greater investments in armed forces
  • Supports the placement of NATO troops in Poland
  • Pledges not to embrace Marxist dictatorships in Venezuela or elsewhere
  • States that the US’s opening to Cuba was a shameful accommodation to the demands of a tyrant
  • States that continued participation in the UN should be contingent on the enactment of changes in that organization’s operations
  • Opposes the ratification of international treaties whose long-term ramifications are unclear
  • Opposes the UN Convention on Women’s Rights, the Convention on the Rights of the Child, the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, the UN Arms Trade Treaty, and various declarations from the UN Conference on Environment and Development
  • Has deep reservations about the Law of the Sea Treaty on tax, regulatory, and legal grounds
  • Does not accept the jurisdiction of the International Criminal Court
  • Supports statutory protection for US officials and personnel acting abroad
  • Supports President Sisi of Egypt in his stand to protect the rights of Coptic Christians
  • Pledges to make the advocacy of religious freedom a central platform in diplomacy
  • Calls on embracing the Millennium Challenge Corporation as an exemplary model of foreign assistance
  • Favors using foreign assistance to catalyze private sector investment
  • Pledges not to exclude faith-based groups when designing and implementing foreign assistance programs
  • Pledges to take a “whole of government” approach to protecting fundamental freedoms globally, for example, diplomacy would emphasize the development of a free press in repressive nations as being ultimately beneficial to US interests
  • Calls for increased diplomatic efforts to combat human trafficking
  • Favors deterring states that sponsor cyber attacks against the US with diplomatic, financial, and legal means
  • Pledges to explore a free market for cyber insurance
  • Favors expanding the US cyber workforce
  • Calls for protecting the national power grid from an electromagnetic pulse attack
  • Calls for taking steps to make the internet fully accessible to those in countries with censorship and firewalls

All information about the content of the platform has been taken from the official 2016 Republican Party Platform (official party website). (top)