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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

PrayFocusLegislativeBen Sasse, United States Senator from Nebraska

Benjamin Eric “Ben” Sasse (pronounced sass) was born in February 1972 in Plainview, Nebraska. He graduated from Fremont Senior High School. He earned a bachelor’s degree in government from Harvard University, and spent his junior year studying at the University of Oxford, England. Sasse earned a Master of Arts in Liberal Studies from St. Ann’s College in Annapolis, Maryland, and graduated from Yale University with an M.A. of Philosophy and Doctor of Philosophy from the Department of History.

He worked fifteen months as an associate consultant at a management consulting firm, and then served as consultative/executive director for the Christians United for Reformation (CURE), later becoming executive director. He began in the political arena serving as chief of staff for the U.S. Department of Justice Office of Legal Policy in Washington, D.C., during which time he was also an assistant professor at the University of Texas at Austin part-time. He has served as an adviser to the Department of Homeland Security, and as counselor to the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

In 2007, Sasse was nominated by President George W. Bush to be Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation for the Department of Health and Human Services, serving until the election of President Barack Obama, when he officially joined the University of Texas LBJ School of Public Affairs Center for Politics and Government as a fellow, before being appointed president of Midland University. At the age of 37, he became the youngest chief executive in American higher education.

Sasse ran for U.S. Senate in 2014, and won with 64 percent of the vote, officially taking office on January 8, 2014.

Senator Sasse is married to Melissa and they have three children. He is a Lutheran.

IN THE NEWS: The House Select Investigative Panel on Infant Lives held a hearing to determine whether abortion providers broke the law governing fetal tissue use. In the often testy hearing, the committee heard from two senators and six attorneys. New Hampshire Senator Jeanne Shaheen insisted, “This panel was formed with political motivations.” She suggested the panelists have “little interest in unbiased investigation” and are only using the committee as an opportunity to attack health care providers. She accused the panel of “undermining women’s access to health care,” and being an “inappropriate, misuse of federal resources.”

But Nebraska Senator Ben Sasse, who followed Shaheen, said that the sale of fetal tissue matters “It matters,” he said. “We’re talking about people. It matters because we’re talking about the tiny limbs of little babies.” On fetal procurement websites, Sasse explained, interested parties can find just about every baby organ for sale.

“Our humanity should be repulsed,” he said. “Here on this, we can and should agree. Babies are not the sum of their body parts. They’re meant to be welcomed and nurtured.”

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Legislative Branch Prayer Needs


Senate Democrats refused to end debate on an energy and water spending bill because of a proposed Republican amendment that would prevent the Obama Administration from purchasing heavy water from Iran.

A bill authored by Rep. Chris Smith (N.J.) that would give the Obama Administration State Department new resources to combat persecution of Christians and Jews won unanimous adoption by the Foreign Affairs Committee.

Pray about the efforts of Congress as it relates to Administration foreign policy decisions.