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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

PrayFocusLegislativeRobert Menendez, United States Senator from New Jersey

Robert “Bob” Menendez was born in January 1954 in New York City to Cuban immigrants. The family moved to neighboring New Jersey where Menendez graduated from Union Hill High School where he was student body president. After receiving a B.A in Political Science from Saint Peter’s College in Jersey City, he earned his Juris Doctor from Newark’s Rutgers School of Law. He entered into the private practice of law.

Entering politics, he was elected to the Union City Board of Education, and later elected Mayor of Union City, where he served six years. Progressing, he was a member of the New Jersey General Assembly for four years and a member of the New Jersey Senate for two years. He entered national politics being elected as a member of the U.S. House of Representatives and in 2005 he was elected to the United States Senate from New Jersey.

Menendez is divorced from Jane Jacobsen. The couple has two children. He is Roman Catholic.

IN THE NEWS: High-ranking Democrat Senator Robert Menendez delivered another blow to President Obama’s legacy-making Iran nuclear deal. “I have looked into my own soul and in my devotion to principle may once again lead me to an important course,” he said, “but if Iran is to acquire a nuclear bomb, it will not have my name on it.” Menendez said, “It is for these reasons that I will vote to disapprove the agreement and, if called upon, would vote to override a veto.” His comments took direct aim at Obama, who earlier this year tried to reassure critics that he had negotiated a good deal with Iran since his legacy would bear the consequences of it. “This will be my name on it,” the President said. The New Jersey Senator said the agreement was “aspirational” and that the U.S. was forfeiting whatever leverage it had. When asked if maintaining the current sanctions regime was “similarly aspirational,” Menendez said the status quo was unsustainable. “It will take work as it’s always taken,” he said, stressing that the U.S. could retain the existing pre-deal penalties. “The Congress has on many times rejected unilateral agreements, and the world hasn’t come to an end.”

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Legislative Branch Prayer Needs


Senate Republicans are united in their opposition to President Obama’s Iran nuclear deal – with one exception. Senator Susan Collins (Maine) has yet to take a position on the agreement and is facing Administration pressure.

Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (Nevada) acknowledged that it’s a “long shot” to stop a disapproval resolution of the Iran nuclear deal reaching the President’s desk, but he is considering all options including a filibuster.

Pray for members of Congress as they will be voting on the Iran nuclear agreement after Labor Day.