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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

PrayFocusLegislativeJames Lankford, United States Senator from Oklahoma

James Paul Lankford was born in March, 1968, in Dallas Texas. His parents divorced when he was four; his mother and older brother and he lived for a time in his grandparents’ garage apartment. He attended Lakeview Centennial High School in Garland. He earned a B.S. in Secondary Education at the University of Texas at Austin, and a master’s degree in Divinity at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.

After graduating, he moved to Edmond, a suburb of Oklahoma City. He served with the Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma, becoming the program director of Falls Creek, the largest Christian camp in the United States.

In 2010, he was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives from Oklahoma’s Fifth District. He was elected to the Senate in the most recent mid-term elections, assuming office in January 2015.

Lankford is married to Cindy and they have two children. He is a Baptist. He became a Christian at the age of eight. He is part of the leadership in the Congressional Prayer Caucus.

IN THE NEWS: As part of the National Day of Prayer activities this month in Washington, D.C., there was a public reading of the Bible. The 90-hour marathon reading has been taking place for 27 years. Organizers of the marathon believe that the recent public drop in religious involvement of Americans in general reflects a generational change. Young Americans are growing into adulthood with looser ties to religion. The children of today are also less involved in religious activities than the children of past generations.

But lawmakers and government officials are more likely to be religious than the general public. Organized faith appears to still play an important part in U.S. politics. Senator James Lankford from Oklahoma recently told Voice of America that faith is “the lens” he looks through. He added, “If it’s a faith, it affects everything.”

In addition, Senator Lankford sent this message to your Prayer Team: “The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much. I am grateful for those that pray for elected leaders in government, and I am particularly grateful to those who specifically pray for me. Prayer is definitely important to me and my family – we have seen God answer us time and time again. It is wonderful to know that there are many people across America praying on my behalf.”






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Legislative Branch Prayer Needs

PRAY FOR OUR CONGRESSIONAL LEADERS

By unanimous consent (avoiding a rollcall), the U.S. Senate has confirmed Eric Fanning to the position of Secretary of the Army, making him the highest-ranking openly gay member of the United States Department of Defense.

House lawmakers are plowing ahead with their first spending bills despite the lack of a budget resolution to guide them, as they are running out of time on some annually-determined spending authorizations.

Pray that the members of the House and Senate will always act with the best interests of America in mind.