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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

Vicky Hartzler, U.S. Representative for Missouri

Vicky Jo Hartzler was born in October 1960 in Archie, Missouri. She received a B.S. in Education from the University of Missouri and later graduated with an M.S. in Education from the University of Central Missouri. She taught high school for eleven years before entering the political arena.

She served in the Missouri General Assembly for six years, and served as state spokeswoman for the Coalition to Protect Marriage, which supported banning marriage equality. She also served two years as Chair of the Missouri Women’s Council, appointed by Governor Matt Blunt.

Hartzler ran for and was elected to a seat in the U.S. House of Representatives, where she has served since 2011.

Hartzler is married to Lowell and they have one daughter. She is the author of Running God’s Way.

 

IN THE NEWS

The Obama Administration has capped the number of U.S. troops in Iraq at 5,262, while the cap in Afghanistan is set to draw down to 8,448 in January. The military has said it does not expect to lose many capabilities in Afghanistan because the reduction of boots on the ground will mainly come from putting administrative service members outside of the country and from hiring contractors.

As a result, troops with certain skills must stay home to keep the total number of service members in the country under the troop cap, and contractors are instead hired for these roles. An example cited by Representative Vicky Hartzler (Missouri) in a House Armed Services Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee hearing she chaired was aircraft maintainers. Service members who work on aircraft must stay at home, letting their skills atrophy while the military pays a contractor to do the same job.

“We’re paying multiple ways through this scenario. It’s very concerning,” she said.

 






US Congress

Legislative Branch Prayer Needs

Sen. Tom Cotton (Arkansas) called on President Obama to halt any further releases of Guantanamo Bay detainees, after the Administration announced more would be transferred.

Republicans in Congress are planning to strike a direct blow against ObamaCare in the early weeks of Donald Trump’s presidency, Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (California) said.

Pray for the new leadership in the 115th Congress that will begin in January.