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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

PrayFocusLegislativeTim Scott, United States Senator from South Carolina

Timothy Eugene “Tim” Scott was born in September 1965 in North Charleston, South Carolina. He grew up in a poor, single-parent household, where he learned the importance of faith, hard work, and living within his means. He attended Presbyterian College on a partial football scholarship, and graduated from Charleston Southern University with a B.S. in Political Science. In addition to his political career, he owns an insurance agency and works as a financial adviser.

He was elected to the Charleston County Council, winning the vote with nearly 80 percent of the vote in the white-majority district. He served on the Council for 13 years. Following that, he was elected to the South Carolina House of Representatives. In 2010, he was elected to the United States House of Representatives, serving one term, after which he won election to the United States Senate, assuming office in January 2013.

Scott is married. He is a devout evangelical Christian, and a member of Seacoast Church, a large evangelical church in Charleston.

IN THE NEWS: Last week, the Senate observed nine seconds of silence – one for each victim of the church shooting in Charleston, South Carolina. Senator Tim Scott fought tears as he honored the victims on the Senate floor. “Last Wednesday night, we experienced an unimaginable tragedy,” Scott said. “Nine men and women: nine mothers, fathers, sisters, brothers, sons, daughters lost forever. The hateful and racist actions of one deranged man has changed nine families lives forever. It has changed South Carolina forever.” Scott said America “has been changed because the response of those nine families has been so courageous, so inspiring.” He then read short biographies of each victim and asked for nine seconds of silence. On Thursday, he released a statement calling for the removal of the Confederate battle flag from the South Carolina Statehouse grounds, saying, “There is no doubt that South Carolina has a rich and complex history, and the Confederate battle flag is part of that. The flag means many things to many people. I do not believe the vast majority of folks who support the flag have hate in their hearts. Their heritage is a part of our state’s history, and we should not ignore that. However for so many others in our state, the flag represents pain and depression. Because of that, as a life-long South Carolinian, as someone who loves this state and will never call anywhere else home, I believe it is time for the flag to come down.”






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Legislative Branch Prayer Needs

PRAY FOR OUR CONGRESSIONAL LEADERS

The office of the President has not submitted an annual information security review to the Office of Management and Budget or to appropriate Congressional committees for over three years, two Senate committee leaders said this week.

Six members of the Senate Judiciary Committee want the Senate to investigate domestic terrorism and home-grown hate groups in the wake of a South Carolina shooting at the Emmanuel AME Church that left nine people dead.

Pray for those in government charged with the oversight of the security of government technical systems.