Friday, March 27, 2015
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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

PrayFocusLegislativeGeneral Joseph Votel, Special Operations Commander

Joseph L. Votel attended the United States Military Academy and was commissioned in 1980. During his time in the Army, he has held many responsibilities and led many groups, including a Ranger Regiment during Operation Enduring Freedom, Afghanistan, and Operation Iraqi Freedom, Iraq.

He has served in the offices of the Deputy Secretary of Defense in Washington, D.C., and most recently as Deputy Commanding General, Joint Special Operations Command, Fort Bragg, North Carolina. On June 24, 2014, Votel, a four-star general, was nominated by President Barack Obama to succeed Admiral William McRaven as the tenth Commander of the United States Special Operations Command.

Votel is married and the father of two.

IN THE NEWS: Michael D. Lumpkin, Assistant Secretary of Defense for Special Operations and Low-Intensity Conflict, and Army General Joseph L. Votel, Commander of U.S. Special Operations Command, appeared before the House Armed Services Committees emerging threats and capabilities subcommittee to discuss the fiscal year 2016 budget request. Votel lauded the “amazing actions” Special Operations Forces take every day. They have been heavily deployed over the past 14 years, he said, and have paid a significant physical and emotional price. “Non-state actors like al-Qaeda and ISIS and other violent extremist organizations, menacing state actors like North Korea, and growingly coercive actors like Russia are just a few examples of the entities affecting the strategic involvement in which we operate,” Votel said. The growing use of cyber capabilities and social media make is easy for U.S. adversaries to communicate, coordinate, execute and inspire their actions, he added.

US Congress

Legislative Branch Prayer Needs


Senate Republicans, led by Mitch McConnell (Kentucky), are proposing a budget amendment that would let states opt out of the Environmental Protection Agency’s controversial climate rule for power plants for a variety of reasons.

GOP members of the Budget Committee voted to boost the Pentagon’s budget by $38 billion at the urging of “hawks” like Senators Lindsey Graham (North Carolina) and Kelly Ayotte (New Hampshire).

Pray for our legislators as they work to craft and pass a budget for the next fiscal year.