Issue 491 – Federal Branches

Praying for Our Leaders in Government

Executive Branch: Pray for the President and his Administration

The president’s administration redirected over $2 billion allocated for other health initiatives to care for unaccompanied immigrant minors. The decision came following criticisms regarding the response to an increasing number of migrants arriving at the southern border. The $2.13 billion in funds were redirected after the Department of Health and Human Services took an additional $436 million from other departmental programs to assist the unaccompanied migrant minors.

The president signed an executive order to create the White House Union Task Force. Vice President Kamala Harris will head the task force created to promote labor organizing. The vice president said that in order for America to do well, unions must do well. “Every worker deserves to be treated with dignity and have a voice on the job. Unions do that,” she stated. She said the Task Force on Worker Organizing and Empowerment is discussing “how we can create good union jobs, help workers organize, and grow the economy.”

Pray for U.S. officials endeavoring to manage the cost of the influx of the many migrants crossing the U.S.-Mexico border.

Legislative Branch: Pray for Senators and Representatives in Congress

Senator Ron Johnson of Wisconsin said the cyberattack on the Colonial Pipeline that forced its shutdown exposed the “vulnerabilities” in the U.S. electrical grid that could pose an “existential” threat to the nation’s energy system. “No administration has paid sufficient attention to the vulnerabilities of our electrical grid,” he said.

A new bill in Congress seeks to expand gun rights for concealed carry permit holders. The Constitutional Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act would allow gun owners with concealed carry licenses in one state to travel to other states and have those permits recognized as lawful.

Pray for members of Congress as they work on various issues designed to protect the American public.

Judicial Branch: Pray for Supreme Court Justices and Federal Judges

The Supreme Court unanimously declined to give police more power to search a person’s residence without a warrant, reinforcing the longstanding principle that the home enjoys special protections under the law. “What is reasonable for vehicles is different from what is reasonable for homes,” Justice Clarence Thomas wrote for the Court.

A three-judge panel of the Ninth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals upheld a $25 million judgment and trial verdict finding Bayer’s Roundup caused a California resident’s non-Hodgkin lymphoma, dealing a blow to the chemical company’s hopes of limiting its legal risk over the weed-killer. This was the first so-called bellwether trial for federal cases alleging Roundup causes cancer. Bayer has already committed $9.6 billion to settle 12,400 claims over Roundup and next week will seek preliminary approval for a $2 billion proposed deal to resolve future claims by consumers who have been exposed to Roundup but have not yet become ill.

Pray for the Supreme Court Justices as they near the end of the current term and write many opinions and rulings.

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