Thursday, October 23, 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

PrayFocusLegislativeDiane DeGette, United States Representative for Colorado

Diana Louise DeGette was born in July 1957 in Tachikawa, Japan, where her father was serving in the Armed Forces. He graduated from Colorado College and earned a juris Doctor from New York University. She entered into the private practice of law in Denver, focusing on civil rights and employment litigation.

She was active in Denver politics, and was first elected to the Colorado House of Representatives in 1992.

DeGette is married to Lino Lipinsky, also a lawyer, and she has two daughters. She is a Presbyterian.

IN THE NEWS: In addition to discussing travel bans from West Africa at the House hearing on Ebola, lawmakers from both parties criticized the government’s response to Ebola, and called for significant improvements to stop its spread in Dallas and elsewhere. “It would be an understatement to say that the response to the first U.S.-based patient has been mismanaged, causing risk to scores of additional people,” said subcommittee ranking member Representative Diana DeGette of Colorado. Over the course of roughly three hours, the discussing at the hearing ranged from basic questions about how Ebola is transmitted to the personal protective gear used in Dallas, to the involvement of our military personnel in West Africa.

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Legislative Branch Prayer Needs


Senator Tom Coburn (Oklahoma) says of his latest Wastebook, “What I have learned from these experiences is Washington will never change itself. But … taxpayers always have the last word.”

The number of military veterans serving in the Congress has been steadily dropping. Only 183 of the 865 candidates up for congressional election this year have military experience, the lowest number since the 1950s.

Pray about the upcoming November 4 elections, and the lame-duck Congress that will return to session thereafter.