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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

imageJohn Boehner, Speaker of the U. S. House of Representatives

John Andrew Boehner was born in November, 1949, in Reading, Ohio. He was the second of twelve children in a German-Irish family, and grew up in modest circumstances in a two-bedroom, one-bath house in Cincinnati. He started working at his family’s business at age 8, and has lived in Southwest Ohio his entire life.

He graduated from Cincinnati Moeller High School, and enlisted in the United States Navy at the height of the Vietnam War. Because of a bad back, he was honorably discharged after only eight weeks. He earned his bachelor’s degree in business from Xavier University in Cincinnati, the first person in his family to attend college. He accepted a position with a small sales business and was steadily promoted, eventually becoming president of the firm, resigning when he was elected to Congress.

Prior to his election as a representative of Ohio, he served on the board of trustees of Union Township in Butler County, Ohio, and then served as an Ohio state representative for five years.

He has served as Minority Leader, and on the Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence.

Following the 2010 midterm elections, Boehner was unanimously chosen by the House of Representatives as their nominee for Speaker. He was narrowly re-elected as Speaker on January 3, 2013. As Speaker of the House, Boehner is second in line to the presidency of the United States following the Vice President, in accordance with the Presidential Succession Act.

Representative Boehner is married to Debbie, and they have two daughters. The family is Roman Catholic.

IN THE NEWS: A statement released by House Speaker John Boehner on U.S. operations in Iraq stated, “The president’s authorization of airstrikes is appropriate, but like many Americans, I am dismayed by the ongoing absence of a strategy for countering the grave threat ISIS poses to the region. Vital national interests are at stake, yet the White House has remained disengaged despite warnings from Iraqi leaders, Congress, and even members of its own administration. Such parochial thinking only emboldens the enemy and squanders the sacrifices Americans have made. The president needs a long-term strategy – one that defines success as completing our mission, not keeping political promises – and he needs to build the public and congressional support to sustain it. If the president is willing to put forward such a strategy, I am ready to listen and work with him. For now, I wish Godspeed to all our men and women participating in these operations.”






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Legislative Branch Prayer Needs

PRAY FOR OUR CONGRESSIONAL LEADERS

Democrats and Republicans on Capitol Hill are united in one thing: the best strategy this election year is to put off any big decisions until after November 4. Replenishing the Highway Trust Fund for a few months may be an exception.

Senator Diane Feinstein (California), Chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, said Russian President Vladimir Putin should “man up” and acknowledge his government’s complicity in the downing of Malaysian MH17.

Pray for the members of the House and Senate facing reelection to hold campaigns of integrity and truth.