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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

Neil Kornze, Director, Bureau of Land Management

Neil Kornze grew up in Elko, Nevada. He graduated with a degree in Politics from Whitman College in Walla Walla, Washington, and earned a Master’s Degree in International Relations at the London School of Economics. He worked eight years as Senior Policy Advisor to U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada. He also served as an international election observer in Macedonia, the Ukraine, and Georgia.

Kornze joined the Bureau of Land Management in 2011 as a Senior Advisor to the Director, working on a broad range of issues including renewable and conventional energy development, transmission siting, and conservation policy. He has been active in tribal consultation, especially as it relates to oil and gas and renewable energy development.

On April 5, 2014, the Senate confirmed Kornze to run the Bureau of Land Management.

He is married to Maria Gassman.

IN THE NEWS: Since 1993, Cliven Bundy has been battling the agency, as well as the National Park Service, the Center for Biological Diversity and the courts, to graze his cattle on 150 square miles of Gold Butte scrub land in the Lake Mead National Recreation Area. He stopped paying his grazing fees back then, saying he “fired” the Bureau of Land Management as land manager. His Mormon ancestors had tilled the unforgiving soil since 1887, long before the 1934 Taylor Grazing Act allowed the federal government to seize control. But environmentalists, federal officials and the courts disagree that he has any preemptive right to forage. Armed federal officials and contract cowboys have been brought in to execute a 2013 court order and remove the trespassing cattle. At issue are desert tortoises who, when they emerge from their winter sleep, find their much-needed food consumed by cattle. Reports indicate that the Bureau of Land Management has impounded some 250 cows, and there are other claims of cattle killed. Ranchers say this is calving season and mother cows are being separated from their calves, starving the calves to death. Protests by ranchers and the stand-off by BLM enforcers remained peaceful; while the dispute is hurting the economic well-being of the area as trails are also closed and armed federal agents in the area are scaring away tourists. After “blinking” and pulling back on their efforts, the BLM has pledged to resolve the conflict, but are “working on how to move forward with this.,” remaining strident in their claims that Bundy owes more than $1 million in grazing fees.

Today’s Presidential Schedule

Friday April 18, 2014

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The President
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Executive Branch Prayer Needs


In a phone call with Vladimir Putin, President Obama expressed grave concern about Russian government support for the actions of armed pro-Russian separatists who threaten to undermine and destabilize the government of Ukraine.

President Obama chided House Republicans for having “repeatedly failed to take action” on the passage of a comprehensive immigration reform bill, suggesting they prefer the status quo to compassionate change.

Pray for President Obama and his advisers as they deal with both foreign and domestic policies and issues.