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Legislative Branch

The Legislative Branch consists of the House of Representatives and the Senate, which collectively form the United States Congress. The Constitution grants Congress the sole authority to enact legislation and declare war, the right to confirm or reject Presidential appointments, and substantial investigative powers.

The House of Representatives is composed of 435 elected members from the 50 states in proportion to their total population. There are also 6 non-voting members who represent the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, and four other American territories.

The Senate is made up of 100 Senators, with two senators from each state. Until the ratification of the 17th Amendment in 1913. The Vice President serves as the President of the Senate and provides the decisive vote in the event of a tie.

Together, the House of Representatives and the Senate are the lawmakers of the nation. Any piece of legislation must pass through both houses of Congress before it is either vetoed or signed into law by the President.

It is vitally important that Americans pray for wisdom and understanding on behalf of the lawmakers of their nation.

Featured Member of the Legislative Branch for Prayer

Fred Upton, U.S. Representative for Michigan

Frederick Stephen “Fred” Upton was born in April 1953 in St Joseph, Michigan. He graduated from Shattuck School in Fairbault, Minnesota, and earned a B.A. in journalism from the University of Michigan. He became a sports editor at The Michigan Daily and thought he might one day cover the Chicago Cubs.

He served on the congressional staff of Congressman David Stockman of Michigan, and was later in the Office of Management and Budget under Ronald Reagan while Stockman was the OMB Director.

Upton has been a member of the U.S. House of Representatives since 1987.

He is married to Amey and they have two children.  He is a Congregationalist.

IN THE NEWS

Lawmakers are denouncing the Obama Administration after a watchdog report found that the ObamaCare marketplaces remain “vulnerable to fraud.” The bipartisan Government Accountability Office submitted applications from fictitious people for ObamaCare coverage. Those applicants in many cases were approved for coverage, with financial assistance, by the administration.

The GAO report follows up on its previous investigations, which found similar results of fictitious applicants being approved for coverage. “It’s déjà vu all over again, as it seems the situation only continues to get worse, and we are all paying the price.”

Congressional Democrats have pushed back on previous GAO reports on the subject, noting that there is no actual fraud documented in them, only cases where the GAO tests its own fictitious applicants.

“As if ObamaCare’s recent headlines were not damning enough, we find out today that the Obama Administration continues to fail the test when it comes to enrollment verification,” Senate Finance Chairman Orrin Hatch (Utah) said. “Continuing to leave taxpayers vulnerable, years after the system was implemented, is a disgraceful way for the administration to leave our healthcare system.”






US Congress

Legislative Branch Prayer Needs

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (Kentucky) said the Senate will take up an expected veto over-ride of the 9/11 victims legislation before breaking for vacation next week.

Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (Nevada) said a gun control bill authored by Democrats would prevent another terrorist attack like the ones in New Jersey and New York.

Pray about matters that Congress must deal with before the end of the current session.