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Legislative

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

PrayFocusLegislativeWalter Jones, U.S. Representative for North Carolina

Walter Benjamin Jones, Jr. was born in February 1943 in Farmville, North Carolina, a small town near Greenville. He attended Hargrave Military Academy in Chatham, Virginia, and graduated with a BA from Atlantic Christian College in Wilson, North Carolina, before serving four years in the North Carolina National Guard. He worked as an executive in his family’s supply company business.

Jones served five years in the North Carolina House of Representatives. His father had been a member of the U.S. House of Representatives, and shortly after his father died, Jones ran for that seat. He has served as a member of the House since January 1995.

He is married to Joe Anne Jones and they have one child. He was raised a Southern Baptist, but is a Roman Catholic convert.

IN THE NEWS: Representative Walter Jones of North Carolina and 22 other lawmakers wrote a letter to Secretary of the Air Force Deborah James, saying that current rules that direct individuals in leadership positions to avoid the ”actual or apparent use of their position” to indicate support for particular religious beliefs that run contradictory to the Constitution. They also argued that “apparent use” of a leadership position is too ambiguous a standard to uphold as a military regulation. "The First Amendment makes it very clear that the free exercise of religion is not to be prohibited under any circumstances," Jones said in a statement on Wednesday. "We must ensure that our service members are not prevented from enjoying the same freedoms that they have committed to defend and protect." James was also asked about the rules at a hearing on the Air Force budget last month, following controversy over a cadet who had to erase a religious quote he had written on a board in his Air Force dormitory.






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Legislative Branch Prayer Needs

PRAY FOR OUR CONGRESSIONAL LEADERS

Senator John McCain (Arizona) questioned the Administration’s resolve to stop Russia from helping armed separatists in eastern Ukraine. After Vice President Biden called on Russia to stop, McCain asked, “Or else, what?”

The District of Columbia’s attempts to decriminalize marijuana use may have met its match in D.C. Representative Eleanor Holmes Norton who is calling on Congress to overturn the District’s position.

Pray for wisdom for the members of the House and Senate as they deliberate on matters of local and foreign issues.