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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

Michael Enzi, U.S. Senator from Wyoming

Michael Bradley “Mike” Enzi was born in February 1944 in Bremerton, Washington. He grew up in Thermopolis, Wyoming, attending school there and grading from Sheridan High School. He is an Eagle Scout and recipient of the Distinguished Eagle Scout Award. Enzi received a degree in accounting from George Washington University in Washington, D.C. He earned an MBA in retail marketing from the University of Denver in Colorado and also served in the Wyoming Air National Guard.

His father was in the shoe-sale business, which Enzi expanded into several locations. He served as president of the Wyoming chapter of the U.S. Junior Chamber.

Enzi was elected Mayor of Gillette at age 30 and held the position for two terms. He worked for the U.S. Department of the Interior on energy policy on its Coal Advisory Committee. He was elected to the Wyoming House of Representatives and was later a member of the Wyoming Senate. He has served in the U.S. Senate since being elected in 1986.

He is married to Diana Buckley and they have three children and four grandchildren. He is a Presbyterian.

 

IN THE NEWS

Senator Mike Enzi, Chairman of the Budget Committee, expects to have a 2018 budget ready for markup after the August recess. It is clear the committee has difficult issues to resolve before it gets to that point, however.

Key among them is the path that the budget resolution will lay out for the tax overhaul that the GOP wants to pass through budget reconciliation. This includes whether the budget will assume a tax overhaul that adds to the deficit, what level of economic growth the budget will envision and how the budget would be scored.

Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is pressing senators to move ahead, to get together and come up with a plan. Senators said McConnell did not make a pitch for current policy, instead leaving things to the committee.






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Legislative Branch Prayer Needs

Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders hopes to introduce his “Medicare for all” single-payer healthcare plan after Congress returns in September.

Florida Senator Marco Rubio has received increased security in light of an order by Venezuelan leaders reportedly putting a death order on him.

Pray for the safety and wellbeing of members of Congress as they near the end of the August recess.