Issue 515 – Federal Branches

Praying for Our Leaders in Government

Executive Branch: Pray for the President and his Administration

The Environmental Protection Agency announced a broad expansion and strengthening of rules to limit methane emissions from oil and natural gas as President Biden seeks to assert U.S. leadership on global warming after attending the climate summit in Glasgow. 

The Federal Trade Commission has adopted a series of policy changes aimed at reducing corporate mergers, which has caused partisan disagreement at the agency. Merging companies are now required to resolve competition concerns and give the FTC veto power over future deals in related areas for at least ten years. 

Pray for the officials in numerous federal agencies establishing new rules and policies that may strengthen federal control. 

Legislative Branch: Pray for Senators and Representatives in Congress

Dozens of House members led by Representative Greg Murphy of North Carolina are sending a letter to President Biden’s Cabinet Secretaries Mayorkas, Becerra, and Garland regarding reports that their agencies are in talks to offer illegal migrants separated at the border under the previous administration up to $450,000 each. The members of Congress said it was rewarding criminal behavior and ignoring the rule of law. 

Senator Josh Hawley of Missouri is questioning the vetting of Afghan refugees on evacuation flights out of Kabul. He said an “email was shared w/ me by an American official present in Afghanistan during the evacuation who was shocked by (the) Administration’s failure to vet Afghans before they were evacuated. Email details orders from Joe Biden to fill up plane—even without vetting.” 

Pray for members of Congress who will be voting on major spending bills and for committee members seeking to find answers to issues within the administration. 

Judicial Branch: Pray for Supreme Court Justices and Federal Judges

During oral arguments, the Supreme Court appeared ready to allow abortion providers to challenge Texas’ controversial six-week abortion ban in federal court. The case does not deal directly with the lawfulness of the ban. Rather, the justices wrestled with whether the Department of Justice and abortion providers can bring federal lawsuits against Texas or state officials in an effort to block the law. 

A federal judge rejected a bid by pilots to block Southwest Airlines from imposing a vaccine mandate, saying the airline is within its power to require vaccination as a safety measure and to maintain its operations. 

Pray for judges around the country who are facing cases regarding federal mandates. 

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