Wednesday, November 25, 2015
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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

PrayFocusExecutiveVice Admiral Vivek H. Murthy, Surgeon General of the United States

Vivek Halegere Murthy was born in July 1977 in Huddersfield, England, to immigrants from Karnataka, India. When he was three years old, the family relocated to Miami, Florida, where Murthy completed his early education, graduating from Miami Palmetto Senior High School. He received a bachelor’s degree in Biomedical Sciences from Harvard University, and earned an MD from Yale School of Medicine as well as an MBA in Health Care Management from Yale School of Management. He completed his residency in internal medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. He also had his residency there and at Harvard Medical School in Boston.

He practiced medicine and managed medical care teams at Brigham and Women’s Hospital for over a decade.

While a Harvard freshmen, Murthy co-founded VISIONS Worldwide, which he led for eight years. The organization focused on HIV/AIDS education in the U.S. and India. Later, he was a founder and president of Doctors for America, a group of 15,000 physicians and medical students supporting comprehensive health reform. He is co-founder and chairman of TrialNetworks, a cloud-based clinical trial optimization system for pharmaceutical and biotechnology trials, and founded Epernicus to be a collaborative networking web platform for scientists to boost research productivity.

He was appointed by President Obama to serve on the Advisory Council on Prevention, Health Promotion and Integrative and Public Health within the Department of Health and Human Services. In November 2013, Murthy was nominated by President Obama for the post of United States Surgeon General. His appointment was confirmed in December 2014 in a 51-43 vote of the Senate.

He is a Vice Admiral within the U.S. Public Health Service branch of the U.S. military.

Murthy is married to Dr. Alice Chen, a co-founder and Executive Director of Doctors for America.

IN THE NEWS: The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), together with the Surgeon General, advanced new rules that would ban lit cigarettes, cigars and pipes from government-assisted housing projects for low-income families. The smoking ban would protect hundreds of thousands of public housing residents from the harmful effects of secondhand smoke, HUD noted. HUD Secretary Julian Castro said, “We have a responsibility to protect public housing residents…especially the elderly and children who suffer from asthma and other respiratory diseases. The Surgeon General added, “There is no safe level of secondhand smoke. So, when 58 million Americans – including 15 million children – are exposed to secondhand smoke, we have an obligation to act.” State and local public housing agencies would have 18 months to implement smoke-free policies not only inside the housing units but also in administrative offices and other indoor and outdoor common areas. The public has 60 days to comment.

Today’s Presidential Schedule

Wednesday November 25, 2015

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Executive Branch Prayer Needs


Veterans Affairs Secretary Bob McDonald is defending more than $142 million in bonuses given to officials last year despite the ongoing timeliness scandal, saying the performance awards were to “retain top talent.”

The Obama Administration is legally prohibited from bringing detainees from the detention facility at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, to the U.S., Attorney General Loretta Lynch declared, saying her Department will “follow the law.”

Pray for the Obama Administration as they deal with veteran and prisoner issues of past and present wars.