Issue 477 – Federal Branches

Praying for Our Leaders in Government

Executive Branch: Pray for the President and his Administration

President Biden is standing firm on his pledge to pass a significant coronavirus relief package, saying in an economic address to the nation, “Here’s what I won’t do. I’m not cutting the size of the checks. They’re going to be $1,400 period. That’s what the American people were promised.”

The Transportation Security Administration was authorized to fine passengers who fail to comply with mask requirements on public transportations, and the TSA has recommended a fine of $150, increasing up to $1,500 for repeated violations.

Pray for the president, his aides and his cabinet, to seek God’s will with humility as they continue to formulate new policies.

Legislative Branch: Pray for Senators and Representatives in Congress

Representative Mike Gallagher introduced legislation that would prevent Congress from going into recess without adopting a balanced federal budget, establishing a uniform five-year ban on lobbying for members of Congress and senior staff of the executive branch, and terminating publicly funded pensions for lawmakers.

Representative Lee Zeldin of New York wants all state legislatures to enact “voter identification and signature verification” laws and others in Congress would like to curb mail-in voting programs.

Senator Dick Durbin of Illinois, the Majority Whip in the Senate, said that even with reports that the White House does not want a prolonged impeachment trial against 45th President Donald Trump, he wants to make a “clear record for history” about what had occurred during the event at the Capitol on January 6.

Pray discernment this week for members of the Senate and for them to seek truth from God during the impeachment trial of President Trump.

Judicial Branch: Pray for Supreme Court Justices and Federal Judges

The Supreme Court ruled unanimously that Jewish art dealers, descendants of Holocaust victims, cannot sue Germany in U.S. courts over plunder seized by Nazi Germany and its ally Hungary. The case involved the 1935 sale of a collection of medieval Christian artwork called the Guelph Treasure after heirs to the works contended the sale was done under pressure. The art is said to be worth at least $250 million in today’s dollars. International law provides no remedy for property crimes a government commits against its own citizens.

The U.S. Court of International Trade upheld the Trump Administration’s tariffs on imported steel, affirming the government’s expansive power to restrict trade in the name of national security.

Pray for judges in the lesser-known courts, such as the U.S. Court of International Trade and the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court.

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