Issue 505 – Federal Branches

Praying for Our Leaders in Government

Executive Branch: Pray for the President and his Administration

The White House has maintained that President Joe Biden’s management of the U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan is consistent with his message that “America is Back!” White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki pointed out the successes of the withdrawal, stating, “we have been in direct contact not just with American citizens, but with SIV applicants — Special Immigrant Visa applicants — and Afghans whose departure we are facilitating.”

Speaking at a press conference in Singapore during her Asia trip, Vice President Kamala Harris said the president’s administration is “singularly focused” on evacuating American citizens, Afghan allies, and at-risk Afghans, and that questions about the chaotic withdrawal from Afghanistan would be answered after that mission is complete.

Pray that the president and his administration officials would seek God’s wisdom and direction as they direct the end of the withdrawal from Afghanistan.

Legislative Branch: Pray for Senators and Representatives in Congress

Representative John Yarmuth of Kentucky, chairman of the House Budget Committee, acknowledged the $3.5 trillion budget resolution is a partisan list of social programs and spending. “There was the American Jobs Plan and the American Families Plan. And they represented, I think, a visionary approach to what this country needs to make sure a generation or two from now, we have a viable society and economy,” he said.

Representative Peter Meijer of Michigan, a veteran of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, said even ten days after evacuations began, President Biden has projected a “lack of clarity” on the withdrawal from Afghanistan. He said that “clear communications” from the commander-in-chief would go “a very long way to reestablishing confidence” in the mission to evacuate the U.S. citizens and Afghan allies.

Pray for congressional members charged with oversight of the military and the executive branch as they provide due diligence in the protection of American citizens.

Judicial Branch: Pray for Supreme Court Justices and Federal Judges

A federal judge ruled against Kentucky Governor Beshear’s recent mask mandate, likening the passing of the order to “tyranny.” He granted a temporary restraining order against the mandate after a group of school parents sued the governor over the order. The order violated the law because the state’s general assembly voted in the spring to curb the governor’s power to issue executive orders, the judge said.

A federal judge in Seattle, Washington, has dismissed the case involving low-income housing that an investment firm brought against the state housing commission. The plaintiff’s challenge was regarding increased regulation of the practice of buying up low income housing tax credits.

Pray for wisdom for America’s federal judges as they rule on matters of fact and law.

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