Tuesday, September 23, 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

PrayFocusLegislativeCarl Levin, United States Senator from Michigan

Carl Milton Levin was born in June 1934 in Detroit, Michigan. He graduated from Detroit Central High School, and attended Swarthmore College where he earned a BA in Political Science. He worked as a taxi driver and auto factory worker, then attended Harvard Law School from which he received a Juris Doctor. He entered the private practice of law, and later became General Counsel for the Michigan Civil Rights Commission. He served as Special Assistant attorney General for the State of Michigan, and Chief Appellate Defender for the City of Detroit.

Levin entered politics when elected to the Detroit City Council, serving for a time as its President. He was elected to the United States Senate in 1978. He will retire in 2015. He is the longest-serving Senator in the State’s history.

He is married to Barbara Halperin-Levin, and they have three children. He is Jewish.

IN THE NEWS: Praising President Obama’s speech on ISIL [also known as ISIS], Michigan Senator Carl Levin said, “The president tonight laid out a forceful strategy to safeguard our security and that of our allies by rolling back and eventually destroying a brutal extremist group. The president’s strategy calls for a broad coalition to support Sunnis, Shiites, Kurds and religious minorities as they come together to fight a common enemy.”






US Congress

Legislative Branch Prayer Needs

PRAY FOR OUR CONGRESSIONAL LEADERS

Senator Dan Coats (Indiana) said many lawmakers continue to have questions about President Obama’s strategy to complete the goal of defeating ISIS, and, in particular, question arming so-called “moderate” Syrian rebels.

Senator Elizabeth Warren (Massachusetts) said sexism remains a problem on Capitol Hill even if some progress has been made to address the issue in recent years. She said she has encountered bad experiences during her tenure there.

Pray for members of Congress as they recess the end of this week to conduct campaign activities until the election.