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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

Peter T. KingPeter T. King, United States Representative for New York

Peter Thomas King was born in April 1944 in Manhattan, and grew up in Sunnyside, Queens, New York. He graduated from St. Francis College with a  degree in political science, and he earned his JD. from Notre Dame University Law School. The year he obtained his law degree, he began serving in the New York Army National Guard, and for the Nassau County District Attorney’s Office.

King first sought public office on the Hempstead Town Council. He was later elected the County Comptroller of Nassau County. He has been a member of the United States House of Representatives since 1993.

He is married to Rosemary Wiedi and they have two children. He has authored three novels. King is Roman Catholic.

IN THE NEWS

Referencing the attack in Nice, France, Representative Peter King in a recent interview said, “There are people in the Muslim community – it’s a small minority, but they are there. If we hold back, it’s looked upon as a sign of weakness. We have to have more surveillance. We have to be looking at the Muslim community. We have to be calling on them to make sure they cooperate and step forward.”

King, who sits on the House Homeland Security Committee, said that key to the surveillance strategy is those within the Muslim community who are willing to work with law enforcement. “We have to surveil the community,” he said. “We have to have people in the community who are willing to be sources, who are willing to be undercovers – because that’s where the threat is coming from. …You are not violating anybody’s civil rights. It’s just common sense. That’s where it’s coming from. We have to put aside political correctness. We’ve got to get the job done – and that’s where the threat is coming from.”






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Legislative Branch Prayer Needs

PRAY FOR OUR CONGRESSIONAL LEADERS

Rep. Jan Schakowsky (Illinois) and 31 other lawmakers are calling on the Obama Administration to better protect senior citizens and ensure nursing homes are offering quality care by strengthening minimal standards.

Newly introduced bipartisan House legislation attempts to prevent tech companies from replacing high-skilled American workers with foreign-born employees who will work for less money, considered by some visa abuse.

Pray for members of the House and Senate who are away from Washington on their summer break.