Friday, November 28, 2014
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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

PrayFocusLegislativeBob Corker, United States Senator from Tennessee

Robert Phillips “Bob” Corker, Jr., was born in August 1952 in Orangeburg, South Carolina. He is a graduate of the University of Tennessee. At the age of 25, Corker founded a successful construction company, which he later sold.

During his twenties, Corker participated in a mission trip to Haiti, which he credits with inspiring him to become more active in his home community. Following his return, he helped found the Chattanooga Neighborhood Enterprise, a nonprofit organization that has provided low-interest home loans and home maintenance education to thousands of Tennesseans since its creation. He went on to serve as Mayor of Chattanooga.

By appointment of the governor, he served as Commissioner of Finance and Administration for the State of Tennessee. Corker has been a member of the U.S. Senate since January 2007.

He is married to Elizabeth and they have two daughters. He is a Presbyterian.

IN THE NEWS: Following a briefing on the U.S. fight against Islamic State, Senator Bob Corker of Tennessee, set to become Chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee, said, “There isn’t a strategy yet, and I believe that’s the reason that they really have not pushed for an AUMF.” AUMF is Authorization for Use of Military Force, and “they” refers to the Obama administration. “I’ve heard not a word from a soul, I’ve talked to John Kerry multiple times. He’s never mentioned the AUMF. I’ve never had – gotten a word from the White House. They’re not asking for an AUMF. When you ask for an AUMF, you specifically ask for it and you typically send a draft as to what you would like,” Corker said. “The reason they haven’t come and explicitly asked for an AUMF is because they don’t have a strategy yet.”

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Legislative Branch Prayer Needs


Utah Representative Jason Chaffetz will be the House’s top White House watchdog in the last two years of the Obama presidency, having been selected to head the Government Oversight Committee.

House Democrats elected Nancy Pelosi (California) and her four top lieutenants to remain atop the party in the 114th Congress, although leadership votes were accompanied by some grumbling among the partisan ranks.

Pray for those who will assume leadership roles in the coming House and Senate sessions beginning in January.