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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

PrayFocusLegislativeSteve Chabot, United States Representative for Ohio

Steven Joseph “Steve” Chabot was born in January 1953 in Cincinnati, Ohio. He graduated from LaSalle High School in Cincinnati and earned a BA in History from the College of William and Mary. He then went on to obtain a Juris Doctor from Northern Kentucky University’s Salmon P. Chase College of Law. He worked as an elementary school teacher while taking law classes at night.

Chabot entered into the private practice of law out of a small law office, handling domestic disputes and drafting of wills. He served as a Commissioner of Hamilton County, Ohio. In his second attempt to win a seat in the U.S. House of Representatives, Chabot was successful. He served 14 years, then suffered a defeat as an incumbent, but ran again and has held his current seat in the House since January 2011.

Chabot and his wife, Donna, have two children. He is Roman Catholic.

IN THE NEWS: Does the Obama Administration have the authority to delay the employer mandate portion of the Affordable Care Act? That was the subject of dispute in a hearing before the House Judiciary Committee with Eric Holder testifying. Representative Steve Chabot of Ohio asked, “When Congress puts effective dates in laws, do we need to further state that the effective date cannot be waived or modified by the executive branch, or is the president required to follow the law, and also follow the dates set by Congress?" The Attorney General responded that the President has the duty, obviously, to follow the law, but that “it would depend on the statute” and statutory interpretation of the law. Chabot continued to press Holder over whether Congress now must write into its laws that the dates embedded in them are final, and not subject to change by the Executive Branch, to which Holder responded, “Far be it from me to tell you how to do your job.”

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Legislative Branch Prayer Needs


Representative Mike Rogers (Michigan) said in an interview that Al Qaeda is stronger than ever, and that they are doing all the things necessary to prepare a strike against America or the West.

Senate Majority Whip Richard J. Durbin (Illinois) and others have asked the Obama Administration to regulate e-cigarette products the same way as tobacco in order to discourage marketing to children and teenagers.

Pray for members of the House and Senate as they are on recess until the end of the month of April.