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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

Steve King, U.S. Representative for Iowa

Steven Arnold “Steve” King was born in May 1949 in Storm Lake, Iowa. King attended Northwest Missouri State University before founding King Construction, an earth-moving company.

King served in the Iowa Senate for six years before being elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 2002.

He is married to Marilyn, and they have three children. Raised a Methodist, King converted to Catholic.

 

IN THE NEWS

Calls of racism and a great misunderstanding of history, particularly the history of American immigration, have been leveled at Congressman Steve King of Iowa after he tweeted, “We can’t restore our civilization with somebody else’s babies.”

According to The National Review, King’s tweet was in support of Dutch politician Geert Wilders, whose nationalist party is a serious contender in the Netherlands’ general election. The challenge that nations such as the Netherlands face from large-scale immigration raises questions about how a national identity rooted in a homogeneous ethnic and religious culture can accommodate the newcomers. The question isn’t merely whether immigrants accept a country’s laws; it’s also whether those who don’t share a common ethnicity and who practice a different faith will transform the nation into a place that isn’t Dutch, as Wilders sees it.

Despite criticisms, King told CNN, “You’ve got to keep your birth rate up, and …you need to teach your children your values. In doing so, you can grow your population, you can strengthen your culture, and you can strengthen your way of life.” King later said, “It’s the culture, not the blood.”

The anti-melting-pot position of Representative King is likely to continue.

 






US Congress

Legislative Branch Prayer Needs

Sen. Rand Paul (KY) is drawing the ire of his colleagues by being the lone holdout on a treaty allowing Montenegro to have membership in NATO, calling it not in America’s interest.

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (NY) warned that Democrats will not support a healthcare reform bill that would repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ObamaCare).

Pray about the broad tensions in Congress, along party lines, and among allied partisans.