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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

Tom Rice, U.S. Representative for South Carolina

Hugh Thompson “Tom” Rice, Jr., was born in August 1957 in Charleston, South Carolina. He had a scholarship to Duke University but enrolled at the University of South Carolina in Columbia where he earned a master’s degree in accounting and a law degree. After college, he worked with a national accounting/consulting firm where he earned his CPA certificate. He then entered into a private law practice.

Rice was elected to the Horty County Council, where he became chairman. He has been a member of the U.S. House of Representatives since January 2013.

Rice is married to Vienzie and they have three adult sons. He is an Episcopalian.

 

IN THE NEWS

Congress’s chief author of tax laws, the House Ways and Means Committee, advanced legislation that would provide certainty for new nuclear reactors in the United States. Without the measure, about 12,000 jobs in South Carolina and Georgia would be put in jeopardy.

The legislation, advanced by South Carolina Representative Tom Rice comes at a time when lawmakers say they are looking to flatten the tax code.

The Ways and Means Committee is working on a massive overhaul of the tax code designed to eliminate most special breaks in exchange for lower marginal rates on both corporate and individual income. In the case of the nuclear break, it’s been around for years but only applies to certain “advanced” reactors approved after 1933 and that come online by the end of 2020. Rice’s legislation would allow plants that aren’t in service by a previously set sunset date of January 1, 2021, to take advantage of available tax credits.

The bill has attracted bipartisan support, including that of a leading environmentalist in the House.






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Legislative Branch Prayer Needs

Senator Angus King (Maine) said the focus of the Russia investigation needs to be about preventing future election tampering and protecting the integrity of American elections.

Illinois Rep. Adam Kinzinger is only one of many  Republican lawmakers who have received “hateful, vitriolic messages” since the shooting of Louisiana Rep. Steve Scalise.

Pray for a more civil level of discourse and rhetoric among government officials and in the public arena.