Saturday, August 1, 2015
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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


Diane Black, U.S. Representative for Tennessee

Diane Lynn Black, nee Warren, was born in January 1951 in Baltimore, Maryland. She graduated from Andover High School and became the first member of her family to earn a college degree. She graduated from Anne Arundel Community College with an associate’s degree in nursing and went on to earn a bachelor’s degree in nursing from Belmont University.

Black worked as a registered nurse until she ran for the Tennessee House of Representatives, elected in 1997. She served six years in the state House and was elected as a member of the Tennessee Senate, where she served six years. She has been a member of the U.S. House of Representatives since January 2011.

She is married to David Lee Black and they have three children. She is Lutheran.

IN THE NEWS: “Planned Parenthood has blood on its hands,” Representative Diane Black (Tennessee) said on the House floor. “Over last week, we’ve seen multiple videos showing its employees brazenly discussing the harvesting of aborted babies’ tissue and organs. But the truth is, Planned Parenthood’s culture of depravity runs much deeper than a couple of videos. … In my home state of Tennessee, Planned Parenthood, the supposed champion of the safe abortions, sued to overturn our state’s informed consent and mandatory licensing laws – measures that were put in place to protect women’s health and safety,” she said. For those reasons and others, Black introduced the Defund Planned Parenthood Act of 2015 – legislation that would enact an immediate moratorium on all federal funding for Planned Parenthood while Congress carries out a full investigation of their practices. According to its 2013-14 annual report, Planned Parenthood received $528.4 million in government health service grants and reimbursements. “It performs over 327,000 abortions a year” on the taxpayer dollar. “The one-sided relationship between Planned Parenthoods ever-growing bank account and American taxpayers must be severed,” Black said.

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Legislative Branch Prayer Needs


Senate lawmakers – including Majority Leader Mitch McConnell – have introduced legislation to cut off all federal funds to Planned Parenthood, the abortion rights group at the center of a political firestorm over fetal tissue sales.

Senators Chuck Schumer (New York) and Chris Murphy and Richard Blumenthal (both of Connecticut) have asked large retailers to voluntarily close a loophole in a federal gun background check law, and “follow Wal-Mart.”

Pray for the members of Congress while they are on recess during the month of August.