Thursday, October 30, 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

PrayFocusLegislativePeter T. King, United States Representative for New York

Peter Thomas King was born in April 1944 in Manhattan, and grew up in Sunnyside, Queens, New York. He graduated from St. Francis College with a degree in political science, and he earned his JD. from Notre Dame University Law School. The year he obtained his law degree, he began serving in the New York Army National Guard, and for the Nassau County District Attorney’s Office.

King first sought public office on the Hempstead Town Council. He was later elected the County Comptroller of Nassau County. He has been a member of the United States House of Representatives since 1993.

He is married to Rosemary Wiedi and they have two children. He has authored three novels. King is Roman Catholic.

IN THE NEWS: “We have to be more aggressive” when it comes to terrorism, Representative Peter King said in an interview shortly after the Canadian terrorist attacks on the country’s war memorial and Parliament building. He also called for more surveillance – but didn’t get into details on how additional government spy programs would guarantee the privacy of innocent Americans. “The fact that Canadians were aware of at least one of these terrorists, to me, shows that we have to have greater surveillance.” He said, “We have all of the technology in the world, but we have to find out what’s happening on the ground in these Muslim communities. We have to find out what people are thinking and what’s going on in the mosques, which often are incubators of this type of terrorism. We have to go all out with surveillance and be quick to call it terrorism.”

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Legislative Branch Prayer Needs


Senator John McCain (Arizona) is demanding a probe into the Pentagon’s response to Ebola, asking President Obama to explain why troops are in Africa without Congressional approval.

A new report says members of Congress work an average of 70 hours a week when in session (60 hours when back with constituents), attending an average of 13 meetings per day, all despite alleged lack of productivity.

Pray for the election on November 4 and whether it will create a change in the make-up of the Senate.