Saturday, February 13, 2016
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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

PrayFocusLegislativeJeb Hensarling, U. S. Representative for Texas

Jeb Hensarling was born in May 1957 in Stephenville, Texas, and grew up on the family farm in College Station. He graduated from Texas A&M University with a bachelor’s degree in economics, and earned a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Texas School of Law at Austin. He is an Eagle Scout.

Prior to serving in Congress, Hensarling was State Director for Texas Senator Phil Graham. He was vice president of two companies before becoming owner of San Jacinto Ventures and CEO of Family Support Assurance Corporation. He also served as an officer of Green Mountain Energy.

Hensarling was elected as a member of the U.S. House of Representatives to serve Texas’ Fifth District in 2002.

He is married to Melissa Hensarling and they have two children. He is an Episcopalian.

IN THE NEWS: In introducing their Article I Project, Representative Hensarling, along with Senator Mike Lee of Utah, said they want Congress to exercise its authority as outlined in article I of the Constitution and retake its “first among equals” status among the three branches of government. Hensarling of Texas, Chairman of the House Financial Services Committee, blames Congress for allowing regulators to do the job of lawmaking. As a consequence, he said, government has become “a leviathan that has metastasized into the nation’s largest creditor, debtor, and lender; its largest employer, property owner and tenant; its largest insurer, health care provider and pension underwriter.” The two lawmakers bicameral Article I Project aims to reverse the growth during a period of “congressional rehabilitation” according to a regimen of their conservative interpretation of constitutional principles. Congress needs to reclaim the power of the purse, reform legislative cliffs, re-assert congressional authority over regulations and regulators, and curb executive discretion. They feel that if Congress can fix itself, it could fix the problems they identify with the federal government. But it would require hard work and accountability, which, Lee said, some lawmakers might find “inconvenient.”

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Legislative Branch Prayer Needs


Senator Bob Corker (Tennessee) said the Obama Administration is “on the verge of taking action” against the Islamic State in Libya, although he declined to describe the nature of the action or give a time frame.

House Speaker Paul Ryan appears ready to push for a 10-20-30 poverty-fighting strategy: 10 percent of federal spending on discretionary community programs where 20 percent of population are below poverty line for 30 years.

Pray for the broad agendas of both the House and Senate and their time to work is shortened because of elections.