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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

Jim Langevin, U.S. Representative for Rhode Island

James R. Langevin was born in April 1964 in Providence, Rhode Island. He earned an undergraduate degree from Rhode Island College, and a Masters of Public Administration from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.

At age 16, he was seriously injured in an accidental shooting, leaving him paralyzed.

Langevin served as a member of the Rhode Island Assembly for six years. He was elected Secretary of State in Rhode Island, where he earned a reputation for weeding out corruption in state government. He has been a member of the U.S. House of Representatives since January 2001.

Langevin is unmarried. He is Catholic.

IN THE NEWS

“There is much still to learn about the Equifax breach and its ramifications; what is abundantly clear, however, is that consumers are still not sure whether they were affected and what information was stolen,” Rhode Island Representative Jim Langevin said as he announced introduction of the Personal Data Notification and Protection Act. “Equifax has done a terrible job communicating about the breach to date, and this legislation will ensure that any future such breach has a single standard: one federal regulator to help get actionable information on consumers quickly.”

State laws cover the citizen whose data was breached; for example, a Californian whose data was stolen from an Alabama server is protected by the California law. Langevin’s bill will make all states abide by the same standard, giving companies 30 days to notify all victims of a breach and requiring companies to coordinate notifications with the Federal Trade Commission.






US Congress

Legislative Branch Prayer Needs

Senator Deb Fischer of Nebraska said she likes the idea of giving states more authority in building health insurance models as proposed by the Graham-Cassidy legislation before the Senate.

Senator James Lankford of Oklahoma and others have introduced legislation that would make houses of worship eligible for Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) program grants.

Pray that partisan obstructionism in Congress will diminish so that true actions can be taken