Issue 499 – Federal Branches

Praying for Our Leaders in Government

Executive Branch: Pray for the President and his Administration

The Federal Bureau of Investigation released a call for Americans to report “suspicious behaviors” and “signs of mobilization to violence” in an effort to prevent what they call “homegrown violent terrorism.” The agency posted on social media, “homegrown violent extremist mobilization indicators” which “are observable behaviors that could help determine whether individuals or groups are preparing to engage in violent extremist activities, such as conducting an attack or traveling overseas to join in a foreign terrorist organization.”

In a sweeping executive order, President Biden’s administration asked the Federal Maritime Commission and the Surface Transportation Board to combat what it calls a pattern of consolidation and aggressive pricing that has made it more expensive than necessary for American companies to transport goods to market. The administration said this is another step in their effort to reduce the power of big business to dominate industries.

Pray for the president and his Cabinet as they seek to ensure competition and equity in various industries. Pray for federal law enforcement as they work to prevent domestic terrorism.

Legislative Branch: Pray for Senators and Representatives in Congress

Legislators in the House, led by Representative Jim Jordan of Ohio, announced a plan that would make it easier to challenge tech companies in court. It would speed up and strengthen antitrust enforcement and increase transparency around tech companies’ content moderation and censorship decisions.

Representative Diana Harshbarger of Tennessee said it is important to protect U.S. domestic supply chains against the threat of interruption from Beijing and the Chinese Communist Party. “It is time to get tough with these actions… We have to send a viable message that we’re not going to stand for it.” She added that the biggest national security threat to the U.S. is China.

Pray for members of Congress looking to protect America’s national security from both foreign and domestic malign interests.

Judicial Branch: Pray for Supreme Court Justices and Federal Judges

In April, Arizona’s attorney general filed suit in the federal district court over issues created due to immigration modifications by President Biden’s administration. This week, AG Brnovich has sought a preliminary injunction, alleging the administration has not complied with its obligations under the National Environmental Policy Act when it ended border wall construction and the Remain-in-Mexico policy, which kept migrants in Mexico until their hearings were processed. The Arizona AG also amended the state’s complaint to include the humanitarian and public safety crises at the border.  The court had earlier refused efforts to speed up proceedings.

The Eighth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said a St. Louis traffic ordinance used to justify the arrest of a St. Louis County woman during a 2017 protest march is a  ”basic traffic regulation” and not unconstitutional, reversing a lower court ruling. The three-judge panel said the ordinance was not vague and ”merely forbids a person to position herself in a way that obstructs the reasonable flow of traffic.” 

Pray for wisdom for the judges in federal courts as they determine facts and rule on the law.

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