Issue 514 – Federal Branches

Praying for Our Leaders in Government

Executive Branch: Pray for the President and his Administration

The Federal Emergency Management Agency has refused Texas Governor Greg Abbott’s appeal that the federal government reimburse Texas for millions of dollars spent responding to the migrant crisis at the southern border. They told the governor that supplemental federal assistance is not warranted. 

During a town hall event, President Joe Biden said the U.S. is committed to the defense of Taiwan, and that he has spoken with Chinese President Xi Jinping saying that America will not change its policies on Taiwan and would come to Taiwan’s defense if China attacked. China’s foreign ministry spokesperson said that Taiwan was under China’s control and that there was “no compromise on the issue.”

Pray for the administration to seek wisdom in the decisions they make that affect both domestic and foreign matters. 

Legislative Branch: Pray for Senators and Representatives in Congress

Ranking members of the Senate Armed Services, Foreign Relations, and Homeland Security Committees want four government watchdogs to conduct a joint inquiry into how President Biden’s administration handled the U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan. “Any audit must be comprehensive in scope and consider the role of other key agencies,” senators wrote in a letter to the Inspectors General at the Pentagon, State Department, Homeland Security, and U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). 

Senator Roger Marshall of Kansas is leading a group of fellow legislators in introducing new legislation that will put a temporary hold on federal research grants that go to universities and other organizations that are conducting “risky research on potential pandemic pathogens,” calling research on gain-of-function issues “dangerous.” 

Pray for members of both House and Senate as they navigate massive spending packages as well as tax and voting proposals. 

Judicial Branch: Pray for Supreme Court Justices and Federal Judges

The Supreme Court has declined to block a Texas law banning abortion after six weeks of pregnancy but the justices agreed to hear two major challenges to the law, scheduling oral arguments on November 1. Justice Sonia Sotomayor was not happy that the Court did not block the law while it considers the cases.

A U.S. District Court judge has set November 4 to consider former President Donald Trump’s claim of executive privilege in response to a document request from a congressional panel investigating the January 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol. 

Pray for discernment for those who sit on the benches of the nation’s courts and the hearings that are coming before them this week. 

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