Issue 510 – Federal Branches

Praying for Our Leaders in Government

Executive Branch: Pray for the President and his Administration

Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas disclosed that more than 12,400 Haitian illegal immigrants who gathered in Texas near the southern border are being released into the U.S. He insisted those released were being monitored to ensure compliance with the law, and he said there were plans in place to arrest those who do not show up for immigration hearings. In addition to those already released, 3,000 Haitians were in detention and another 5,000 were being processed and will most likely enter the U.S. in the coming days.

The Environmental Protection Agency is proposing big cuts to the nation’s biofuel blending requirements for the years 2020, 2021, and 2022. The biofuel reduction is certain to upset farmers and ethanol producers. 

Pray for Cabinet secretaries and the heads of federal agencies as policy decisions are made.

Legislative Branch: Pray for Senators and Representatives in Congress

President Biden’s plan to increase the nation’s refugee cap to 125,000 for the fiscal year beginning October 1 has Representative Matt Rosendale of Montana concerned not only about the numbers but the lack of vetting that is taking place. “That’s not taking place when they bring these refugees in,” Congressman Rosendale said. “We know that there have been about 125,000 refugees from Afghanistan alone.”

Senator Maggie Hassan of New Hampshire is raising concerns around the use of cryptocurrency for criminal means, pressing key federal agencies to take action. Escalating ransomware and other cyberattacks over the past year in which hackers used cryptocurrency markets to obtain payments from victims is the impetus for her concern.

Pray for members of Congress as they vote on infrastructure, a large social spending bill, and increasing the debt ceiling, among other issues.

Judicial Branch: Pray for Supreme Court Justices and Federal Judges

The Supreme Court will hear oral arguments on December 1 about a Mississippi abortion restriction that poses a direct challenge to the landmark 1973 ruling in Roe v. Wade.

The Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals rejected a robocall defendant’s bid to use the Supreme Court’s decision last year to create immunity for illegal robocalls made between 2015 and 2020. In the referenced case, the Supreme Court found that an exception added in 2015 to the decades-old robocall restriction was unconstitutional and must be severed from the law. The current case is expected to go to the Supreme Court.

Pray for the Supreme Court justices, their health and wisdom, as the new session begins next week.

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