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Legislative

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

Ted Cruz, United States Senator from Texas

Rafael Edward “Ted” Cruz was born in December 1970 in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. His father was a Cuban immigrant to the United States. The family returned to the U.S. when Ted was four years old. He attended high school at Faith West Academy in Katy, Texas, and graduated from Second Baptist High School in Houston. He earned his B.A. from Princeton University and a J.D. from Harvard Law School.

Following law school, he served as a law clerk to William Rehnquist, Chief Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court, and at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit. He was the first Hispanic ever to clerk for a Chief Justice. He served as the Director of the Office of Policy Planning at the Federal Trade Commission, as an Associate Deputy Attorney General at the U.S. Department of Justice, and as Domestic Policy Advisor to President George W. Bush. He was also an Adjunct Professor of Law at the University of Texas School of Law in Austin, where he taught U.S. Supreme Court litigation. He was a partner in the private practice of law where he led his firm’s U.S. Supreme Court and national appellate litigation practice.

He was appointed Solicitor General of the State of Texas, the youngest solicitor general in the United States, and the first Hispanic one in Texas.

Cruz has been a United States Senator since January 2013.

Cruz is married to Heidi Nelson Cruz and they have two daughters. He is a Southern Baptist.

 

IN THE NEWS

Currently, there are no term limits on members of Congress. Senators may serve an unlimited number of six-year terms and members of the House of Representatives may serve an unlimited number of two-year terms.

That could come to an end under a new constitutional amendment proposed by Senator Ted Cruz (Texas) and Representative Ron DeSaints (Florida).

“D.C. is broken, the American people resoundingly agreed on Election Day, and President-elect Donald Trump has committed to putting government back to work for the American people. It is well past time to put an end to the cronyism and deceit that has transformed Washington into a graveyard of good intentions,” Cruz said. Mr. DeSaints agreed saying that term limits are the first step towards reforming Capitol Hill.The amendment would limit House members to three two-year terms and Senators to two six-year terms.

 






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Legislative Branch Prayer Needs

Sen. Cory Booker is introducing a bill that would prevent President-elect Donald Trump from creating a Muslim registry or any kind of “immigrant-related” registry.

Members of the House Freedom Caucus are not ready to back a budget resolution that will allow the House and Senate to act quickly to repeal the Affordable Care Act.

Pray for the members of the 115th Congress and their high expectations for success.