Monday, November 24, 2014
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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

PrayFocusLegislativeMatt Salmon, United States Representative for Arizona

Matthew James “Matt” Salmon was born in January 1958 in Salt Lake City, Utah. He is a graduate of Arizona State University and Brigham Young University.

Salmon served four years as a member of the Arizona Senate before being elected to the U.S. House of Representatives, where he served three terms representing Arizona District 1, and has represented District 5 since January 2013. Between those two assignments, he served as a lobbyist.

He is married to Nancy Salmon and they have four children. Salmon is a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.

IN THE NEWS: Republicans, emboldened by this month’s elections, are increasingly rallying to try to stop President Obama and his executive actions. Representative Matt Salmon of Arizona said Congress needs to use its power of the purse to defend its own powers to write immigration policy – and he said he believes there could be enough support even in the Democrat-controlled Senate to win. Mr. Obama has vowed to claim executive powers to grant tentative legal status to potentially millions of illegal immigrants, and to act by the end of the year. GOP leaders have warned him against the move, saying it would “poison” chances for getting a real immigration deal done in the next Congress, and could tarnish prospects for bipartisanship on a whole host of other issues when the GOP has control of both chambers next year. Congressman Salmon has asked GOP leaders to attach a legislative provision to an upcoming spending bill that would prohibit Mr. Obama from taking any unilateral action on immigration.

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Legislative Branch Prayer Needs


Utah Representative Jason Chaffetz will be the House’s top White House watchdog in the last two years of the Obama presidency, having been selected to head the Government Oversight Committee.

House Democrats elected Nancy Pelosi (California) and her four top lieutenants to remain atop the party in the 114th Congress, although leadership votes were accompanied by some grumbling among the partisan ranks.

Pray for those who will assume leadership roles in the coming House and Senate sessions beginning in January.