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Executive Branch

As it relates to the checks and balances of our American government, the Executive Branch is responsible for the daily administration of the state bureaucracy. The head of the Executive Branch is the President of the United States. Underneath the President are the several Departments that have been created by Executive Order. The Department of Homeland Security, the Department of Defense, and the Department of Justice are just a few examples of these subgroups within the Executive Branch. The representative leaders of these departments are collectively known as the President’s “Cabinet” of advisors.

Since the Executive Branch of our government is in charge of administrating the affairs of the nation, it is important to keep them in our prayers. The Executive Branch directs the general political flow of the federal government.

Featured Member of the Executive Branch for Prayer

Alexander Acosta, Secretary of Labor

Rene Alexander Acosta was born in January 1989 in Miami, Florida, the son of Cuban immigrants. He earned an undergraduate degree in economics from Harvard University and received his Juris Doctor from Harvard Law School. He served as a law clerk to Samuel Alito, then a judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. Acosta then entered into the private practice of law, specializing in employment and labor issues and also taught at the George Mason University School of Law.

Acosta became chairman of the U.S. Century Bank and also served in four presidentially-appointed, U.S. Senate-confirmed positions in the George W. Bush administration. He was Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General in the Civil Rights Division, a member of the National Labor Relations Board, Assistant Attorney General for the Civil Rights Division, and U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Florida. After the end of the Bush administration, Acosta became dean of the Florida International University College of Law.

In February 2017, President Donald Trump nominated Acosta to be Secretary of Labor. He was confirmed by the Senate by a 60-38 vote and took office in late April 2017.

Acosta is married to Jan Williams. He is the first Hispanic member of President Trump’s cabinet. 

IN THE NEWS

“We tend in Washington to simply say, ‘How much more money can we spend on something?’ rather than, ‘Let’s think outside the box and try to solve a problem,’’ Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta said. “I think we owe it to the American taxpayer who is ultimately footing the bill to focus less on how much we spend and more on whether the problem is being solved.”

Acosta said the administration estimates that 31 training programs are spread across 14 government agencies, costing the federal government almost $8 billion annually. He said that he, White House, Commerce Secretary Ross and Education Secretary DeVos will lead a team to examine the programs and make restructuring recommendations.

He also indicated that the administration will lean on private enterprise to support training programs, although they would not be traditional “public-private” partnerships. “The point here is to foster private-private partnerships between industry and educational institutions, so that when students go to a community college or when students are looking at apprenticeship programs in the building trades for four-year institutions when they will leave they will have the skills necessary to enter the workforce,” Acosta said.




Today’s Presidential Schedule

Friday June 23, 2017

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ALL TIMES EASTERN STANDARD-DAYLIGHT


Presidential Seal

The President
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Executive Branch Prayer Needs

Vice President Mike Pence said the White House and Republican lawmakers will oversee the largest tax cut since the Reagan administration, and will get it done in 2017.

White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer is seeking his own replacement at the briefing podium as part of a change in the White House communications operations.

Pray for wisdom for Vice President Pence and Press Secretary Spicer in their leadership roles.