Thursday, October 8, 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

PrayFocusLegislativeKevin McCarthy, U.S. Representative for California

Congressman Kevin McCarthy is a native of Bakersfield and a fourth-generation Kern County resident. The grandson of a cattle rancher and the son of a firefighter, Kevin grew up in a working-class family.

At the age of 21, Kevin started his own small business, Kevin O’s Deli. He sold his business to put himself through college and graduate school at California State University, Bakersfield. While at school, he interned for Congressman Bill Thomas and later became a member of Congressman Thomas’s staff. In 2000, he won his first public election as Trustee to the Kern Community College District and then, in 2002, he was elected to represent the 32nd Assembly District in the California State Assembly. As a freshman legislator, he was selected by his Republican colleagues to serve as the Assembly Republican Leader.

After he was elected to Congress in 2006, Kevin quickly became Chief Deputy Whip and later served as Majority Whip. In 2014, he was elected Majority Leader of the House.

Every weekend possible, Kevin heads home to Bakersfield to be with his wife Judy and his two children Connor and Meghan. Kevin and his family are practicing Baptists.

IN THE NEWS: After Speaker John Boehner’s surprise announcement that he would retire at the end of October, Leader McCarthy decided to make a bid for the speakership. During the race, McCarthy called each and every House Republican and told them the same thing: he wants to unify the party, bring every member to the table, and focus on producing strong legislation through regular order in the House. One of his main goals is to make the House closer to the people that elect it and help stop the feeling the American people have that Washington no longer listens to them. House Republicans will vote on whom they want to be Speaker on October 8, and the entire House will vote at the end of the month.

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Legislative Branch Prayer Needs


Representative Kevin McCarthy (California) is projecting a sunny sense of confidence going into his first battle for Speaker. He is being challenged by Representatives Jason Chaffetz (Utah) and Daniel Webster (Florida).

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (Kentucky) warned that Congress will give “intense scrutiny” to the Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement reached last week, with hearings beginning after the first of the year.

Pray for wisdom for the leaders of both Houses of Congress, and for the election of a new Speaker of the House.