Tuesday, October 21, 2014
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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

PrayFocusLegislativeJohn S. McCain, III, United States Senator from Arizona

John Sidney McCain, III was born in August 1936 at Coco Solo Naval Air Station in the Panama Canal Zone, which was at that time under U.S. Control. His family tree includes Scots-Irish and English ancestors. Both his father and paternal grandfather became four-star U.S. Navy admirals.

The family settled in Northern Virginia, and McCain attended Episcopal High School, a private preparatory boarding school in Alexandria. He excelled at wrestling and graduated in 1954. Following the footsteps of his father and grandfather, McCain entered the United States Naval Academy at Annapolis and graduated in 1958.

He embarked upon a military career and became a naval aviator, training at Pensacola. It was said he was a good pilot albeit one who tended to “push the envelope” in his flying. Even though by then married with two young children, McCain requested a combat assignment during the Vietnam War. In October 1967, while flying his 23rd bombing mission over North Vietnam, he was shot down by a missile over Hanoi, badly wounded and captured. He was imprisoned in what later was nicknamed “The Hanoi Hilton.” His tortuous stay has become legendary. After five and a half years, he was released in March 1973. His wartime injuries left McCain permanently incapable of raising his arms above his head.

Following his extensive recovery time, during which he was divorced and remarried, he entered politics and was elected a member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Arizona’s first district in 1982. He served until January 1987, when he began a term as United States Senator from Arizona. McCain ran for his party’s presidential nomination in 2000, but lost a heated primary contest to George W. Bush. He secured that nomination in 2008, after coming back from early reversals, but lost the general election to Barack Obama. He continues to serve as the senior U.S. Senator from Arizona.

McCain is married to Cindy Lou Hensley. It is his second marriage. He has seven children. Although brought up as an Episcopalian, he is a Baptist congregant.

IN THE NEWS: “I am writing to bring to your immediate attention the status of U.S. Marine Corps veteran Andrew Tahmooressi, who was arrested on March 31, 2014, and remains in a prison in Mexico,” Senator John McCain wrote to the president of Mexico. ”I recently spoke with Ambassador of Mexico to the United States Eduardo Medina Mora regarding this matter and I remain concerned about Mr. Tahmooressi’s prolonged detainment,” the Arizona senator added. The 26-year-old veteran of two tours in Afghanistan, who was being treated for PTSD related to his combat, says he accidentally crossed a California border checkpoint late March 31 and could not turn around before reaching the Mexican government checkpoint. Tahmooressi was in San Diego for treatment related to his PTSD and had all his possessions in his car, after previously moving from Florida. Despite declaring his three-registered weapons to agents at the border, Mexican authorities charged him with violating their gun laws. McCain said that he believes the case is “rightfully a Mexican judicial matter,” but stressed that he thinks Tahmooressi’s action was “the clear result of an honest mistake.” He wrote, “I continue to hope that your government will find, after the full examination of the facts of his case, that he committed an honest mistake; harbored no malign intent toward your country or its citizens; and, therefore, can be allowed to return home to the United States.”

US Congress

Legislative Branch Prayer Needs


The House Select Committee on Benghazi is expected to call Leon Panetta, who served as President Obama’s CIA Director and Pentagon chief, in view of new controversial disclosures made in his recent book.

Senator John McCain (Arizona) asserted that the United States and its allies are not winning the conflict against Islamic State (ISIS) and said more American troops need to be on the ground, especially forward air controllers.

Pray for the safety and health of our Congressional members as they are on recess until after the mid-term election.