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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

PrayFocusLegislativeHal Rogers, United States Representative for Kentucky

Harold Dallas “Hal” Rogers was born in December 1937 in Barrier, Kentucky. He attended Western Kentucky University at Bowling Green and received both his undergraduate and law degrees from the University of Kentucky at Lexington. Rogers served in the Kentucky and North Carolina Army National Guard.

Rogers engaged in the private practice of law until he was elected Commonwealth Attorney for two Kentucky counties. He made an unsuccessful bid for Lieutenant Governor, but the following year was elected to Congress, where he has served since 1981.

Rogers had three children with his wife, Shirley, who died of cancer in 1995. He is now married to Cynthia Doyle. He is a Southern Baptist.

IN THE NEWS: The House Appropriations Committee, under the leadership of Representative Hal Rogers, adopted a spending blueprint last week that demands deep cuts from President Obama’s domestic budget but keeps alive the hope that the panel can still move its bills through Congress this summer while the two political parties look for some compromise. It’s a difficult balancing act as illustrated by the first two bills out of the box: a $35.4 billion measure covering energy and water programs followed by a $76.6 billion package funding both the Department of Veterans Affairs and the military construction budget inside Defense. Each would grow, albeit not as much as Obama would like. But each also consumes what few dollars Rogers has available to him under the strict spending caps set by the Budget Control Act. By the end of the day, the Chairman was already in the hole – not just in terms of the president’s requests but also current spending levels for domestic programs important to swing moderates in his party.

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Legislative Branch Prayer Needs


The U.S. Senate rejected an effort to require any nuclear agreement with Iran to be considered an international treaty, which would have forced any deal to be ratified by two-thirds of the Senate’s 100 members.

Senator Bob Corker (Tennessee) said he had signed the GOP’s budget resolution after spending the early part of the week as his party’s lone holdout, clearing the way for each chamber to approve the budget blueprint.

Pray about the nation’s budget as it now goes to the legislative membership for a vote.