Saturday, November 28, 2015
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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

PrayFocusLegislativeElizabeth Warren, United States Senator from Massachusetts

Elizabeth Ann Warren, nee Herring, was born in June 1949 in Oklahoma City. She became a star member of the debate team at Northwest Classen High School, and won a debate scholarship to George Washington University. She left after two years to marry her high-school boyfriend, Jim Warren. They moved to Houston, Texas, where her husband was a NASA engineer. She earned a degree from the University of Houston.

They moved to New Jersey, and after her first child turned two, Warren enrolled at the Rutgers School of Law, earning her Juris Doctor. After the birth of her second child, she and Jim Warren divorced, and a year later she married Bruce Mann, a Harvard law professor, but she has retained the surname Warren. She taught law at numerous universities and law schools, ultimately becoming a tenured professor at the University of Pennsylvania Law School. She taught at Harvard Law School as a visiting professor.

She spent several years on the National Bankruptcy Review Commission, and was a member of the FDIC Advisory Committee on Economic Inclusion. In 2008, she was appointed by Senator Harry Reid to chair the five-member Congressional Oversight Panel established to oversee the implementation of the Emergency Economic Stabilization Act. In 2011, she was elected to the United States Senate from Massachusetts.

Warren is married to Bruce Mann and she has two children. She is a member of the United Methodist Church.

IN THE NEWS: Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren expanded her list of causes as she staked out the left-wing position on corporate tax reform in a speech at the National Press Club, scoffing at firms that say the current 35 percent corporate tax rate is too high. Warren’s views will likely have little immediate impact on congressional efforts at reform, which appear stalled at least until a new president takes the White House. But her position challenges the general assumption that any business-only tax overhaul would be deficit-neutral, and could help push the debate closer to the forefront off the presidential campaign. “The story of over-taxation is everywhere – told and retold by lobbyists for giant U.S. corporations and their friends in Congress – and promoted by more than one Republican candidate for president,” she said. Warren called a growing push for tax reform, “The same rigged game – a game where Congress hands out billions in benefits to big, well-connected corporations, while people who really could use a break are left holding the bag.”

US Congress

Legislative Branch Prayer Needs


As appropriators work to craft an omnibus spending program, Senator Jeanne Shaheen (N.H.) is proposing a $600 million emergency supplemental for health care and law enforcement in dealing with increased heroin addictions.

A congressional task force is being created to investigate whether U.S. Central Command headquartered at MacDill Air Force Base manipulated intelligence to create a “rosier” picture on the state of the conflict with ISIS.

Pray for members of Congress who will have a “full plate” when they return from their Thanksgiving recess.