Issue 481 – Federal Branches

Praying for Our Leaders in Government

Executive Branch: Pray for the President and his Administration

Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo said that former President Donald Trump’s tariffs on China were effective. “The data show that those tariffs have been effective. … what President Biden has said is, we’re going to have a whole of government review of all of these policies and decide what it makes sense to maintain.”

Education Secretary Miguel Cardona said that ensuring teachers are swiftly vaccinated so that schools can reopen is his “top priority.”

Pray for the new Cabinet members as they begin to administer policies and advance regulations for their departments.

Legislative Branch: Pray for Senators and Representatives in Congress

Senators Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska are putting together a bipartisan effort to ensure regulators protect survivors of domestic abuse by addressing how their private information is publicized on people search sites. They have also written asking the Federal Trade Commission to make the dissemination of such information more difficult.

Representative Andy Biggs of Arizona disputed the Secretary of Homeland Security’s assertion that there is no “crisis” only a “challenge” at the southern border, saying that law enforcement is already being “swamped.”  He said, “Yeah, there’s a crisis, all right. You just have to call down to line agents and talk to a number of them like I do. You need to talk to people who live along the border like I do on a regular basis.”

Pray for those with oversight responsibilities in Congress and the calls they are making for executive or legislative action.

Judicial Branch: Pray for Supreme Court Justices and Federal Judges

In a recent decision, the U.S. Supreme Court handed churches in California a victory, granting injunctive relief to a group that had sued over coronavirus lockdown rules that banned indoor services.

A three-judge panel of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that parts of an anti-rioting law are unconstitutional, narrowing a statute that had been challenged by a group known as the “Rise Above Movement”.

Pray that the judges and justices in the nation’s courts focus on upholding law and justice regardless of political pressures.

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