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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

PrayFocusLegislativeDianne Feinstein, United States Senator from California

Dianne Goldman Berman Feinstein was born in June 1933 in San Francisco, California. She graduated from Convent of the Sacred Heart School and from Stanford University with a B.A. in History. She entered politics working to end housing discrimination in San Francisco. Prior to elected service, she was appointed by California Governor Pat Brown to serve as a member of the California Women’s Parole Board.

Her first elected office was to the San Francisco Board of Supervisors. While serving there she made an unsuccessful run for Mayor of San Francisco. When Supervisor Harvey Milk and Mayor George Moscone were assassinated in 1978, Feinstein – who was president of the Board of Supervisors – succeeded to the mayoralty. She served as the city’s Mayor for ten years.

Feinstein made an unsuccessful run for Governor, and later won a special election to fill a seat in the U.S. Senate, where she has served since November 1982. At the age of 80, Feinstein is the oldest currently serving U.S. Senator.

She has been married three times, currently to Richard C. Blum,, and has one child. Senator Feinstein is Jewish.

IN THE NEWS: Recommending cuts in America’s nuclear weapons stockpile, California Senator Dianne Feinstein pointed out that, even in their excessive numbers, the weapons reserve does not add to the security value of the deterrent, but rather strains resources needed to manage an active stockpile. Moreover, she said, by making the “common-sense step of retiring and then dismantling militarily useless weapons,” the United States will be advancing international nonproliferation commitments.

US Congress

Legislative Branch Prayer Needs


Congress cleared a $1.1 trillion spending bill for President Barack Obama’s signature late last week that funds nearly the entire government through the September 30 end of the fiscal year. It also covers more than one million retirees.

Kentucky Senator Rand Paul has filed a bill seeking to repeal President Obama’s executive order that delays deportation of five million immigrants. Companion legislation passed the House last week.

Pray for the members of Congress as they wrap up work for the year over the next week.