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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

John Yarmuth, U.S. Representative for Kentucky

John Alan Yarmuth was born in November 1947 in Louisville, Kentucky. He graduated from Yale University, majoring in American Studies, and attended Georgetown University Law Center. He worked four years for Senator Marlow Cook, then returned to Louisville and launched a publishing career by founding the Louisville Today magazine. He later founded the Louisville Eccentric Observer, a weekly progressive newspaper.

Yarmuth has been a member of the U.S. House of Representatives since January 2007.

He and his wife Cathy have one son, Aaron. He is Kentucky’s first Jewish congressman.

 

IN THE NEWS

“Mitch McConnell is going to experience his ‘profile in courage’ moment. If it’s not now, it’s coming very soon, and I think it was kind of watching which way his members are going before he decides to act,” Yarmuth said in a television interview last week. “But I think, ultimately, it’s going to be on his shoulders to save democracy.”

Yarmuth, who was a staffer during the Watergate years, said of the Comey firing, “I think we’re actually pretty close to considering [Trump’s] impeachment. “Yes, the circumstances and the facts are a little bit different but the same forces were at play when you have a president using his power to try and block an investigation into him,” Yarmuth said.

 






US Congress

Legislative Branch Prayer Needs

Bipartisan talks to repair Obamacare are gaining traction among a group of Senate moderates, threatening to disrupt strategies for partisan repeal and replace legislation.

A new report shows six senators and 28 House members each traded more than 100 stocks on a regular basis over the past two years, placing them in the potential crosshairs of a conflict of interest investigation.

Pray for the members of Congress to find ways to work together on the most important issues facing /America.