Issue 549 – Federal Branches

Praying for Our Leaders in Government

Executive Branch: Pray for the President and his Administration

Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra said President Biden’s administration is considering the possibility of providing taxpayer-funded transportation to women seeking to have an abortion across state lines. A proposal by progressive members of Congress to provide abortion access on federal lands in and around states that ban the procedure was nixed by Vice President Kamala Harris who did say, “we have to do everything we can to empower women to not only seek but to receive the care where it is available.” 

Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell said the Fed is “strongly committed” to bringing down inflation that is running at a 40-year high and policymakers are acting “expeditiously to do so,” while trying to avoid a recession in the process. He added that the central bank’s attempt to counter inflation could lead it to raise interest rates high enough to cause an economic downturn. “It’s certainly a possibility,” he said. 

Pray for wisdom for U.S. officials in the executive branch as they address devisive and impactful issues facing the nation. 

Legislative Branch: Pray for Senators and Representatives in Congress

Senator Bill Cassidy of Louisiana unveiled new legislation that would hold future Supreme Court leakers accountable with a $10,000 fine and 10 years in prison for releasing information about pending decisions. The bill is in response to the unprecedented leak in May of the draft opinion that signaled the overturning of Roe v. Wade

After the overturning of Roe v. Wade, Senator Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts asserted the Supreme Court needs more justices in order to restore a nonpartisan balance and give Americans confidence in the court to be impartial. She highlighted the importance of the November elections and called on voters to “protect every woman, no matter where she lives.”

Pray for members of Congress as they address issues of the Supreme Court, its functions, its numbers, and its staffing. 


The House Energy and Commerce Committee’s consumer protection subpanel voted unanimously to advance a comprehensive data privacy bill to the full committee. The bill would create national standards for how companies are able to collect and manage user data, among other things. 

The House Appropriations Committee voted to extend the border policy from the previous administration, adding a six-month extension of Title 42 to the Department of Homeland Security Budget. The amendment was sponsored by Representative Dan Newhouse of Washington and passed by a voice vote. 

Pray for members of the Congressional committees as they determine which bills will be given consideration in the House or Senate. 

Judicial Branch: Pray for Supreme Court Justices and Federal Judges

The Supreme Court issued a 6-3 ruling that shields police from the risk of paying money damages for failing to advise criminal suspects of their Miranda rights before obtaining statements later used against them in court. The decision sided with a Los Angeles County deputy sheriff and the opinion was written by Justice Samuel Alito.  

Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas wrote a concurring opinion on the ruling overturning Roe v. Wade, arguing the Court should “correct the error” of rulings that protect same-sex marriage and contraception access. 

Pray for the safety of the Supreme Court Justices, their families, and the neighbors, as demonstrations occur in their neighborhoods.   

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