Tuesday, January 27, 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

PrayFocusLegislativeG. K. Butterfield, United States Representative for North Carolina

George Kenneth “G. K.” Butterfield, Jr., was born in April 1947 in Wilson, North Carolina. He graduated from Charles H. Darden High School, and earned degrees in political science and sociology from North Carolina Central University. He received a Juris Doctor from the NCUU School of Law. Butterfield served two years in the United States Army.

Butterfield was elected to the North Carolina Superior Court, where he served twelve years. He was appointed to the North Carolina Supreme Court by Governor Mike Easley.

He was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in a special election in 2004, and is presently the chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus.

Butterfield is divorced from Jean Farmer. They have two daughters. He is a life-long member of the Jackson Chapel First Missionary Baptist Church.

IN THE NEWS: Representative G. K. Butterfield of North Carolina, the head of the Congressional Black Caucus, said, “If this [not fixing the Voting Rights Act] is indeed the position of the entire Republican Conference, then they have clearly drawn a line in the sand – one in which they are on the wrong side of.” In a 5-4 decision in June 2013, the Supreme Court struck down the Voting Right Act’s decades-old coverage formula, which had required certain states to get federal approval before changing election rules. The law had applied on a blanket basis to nine states, most of them in the South with documented histories of racial discrimination. Butterfield charged that congressional inaction leaves “millions of voters vulnerable to discriminatory state laws” like voter ID requirements. “To do nothing sends a terrible message, not only to minorities, but to anyone who believes the right to vote is essential to ur democracy and way of life,” he said.

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Legislative Branch Prayer Needs


House Speaker John Boehner (Ohio) has invited Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to speak to a joint session of Congress next month about U.S. negotiations with Iran over its nuclear program, which Israel opposes.

Senator Joni Ernst (Iowa) gave the GOP rebuttal to the State of the Union, telling Americans that Congress is “ready to make Washington focus on our concerns again” and saying they were “back at work.”

Pray that Congress will “get things done” this year. Pray about the matter of Presidential vetos.