Issue 556 – Federal Branches

Praying for Our Leaders in Government

Executive Branch: Pray for the President and his Administration

The White House announced that First Lady Jill Biden tested positive for COVID-19 Monday evening after experiencing cold-like symptoms. The positive test comes roughly a week after President Biden recovered from a multi-week spell with the virus. The secretaries of defense and veterans affairs have also announced positive COVID results.

Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen directed IRS officials not to use new funding secured for the agency in the Inflation Reduction Act to increase audits on households making under $400,000 annually. Specifically, she directed that the new resources, including new personnel or auditors, not be used to increase the share of small businesses or households below the $400,000 threshold that are audited relative to historical levels. 

Pray for the many members of the Administration who are dealing with positive testing and symptoms of the COVID-19 virus. 

Legislative Branch: Pray for Senators and Representatives in Congress

Representative Richard Neal of Massachusetts suggested that the House would increase tax rates if his party remains in power following the upcoming midterm elections in November, looking to raise corporate and individual tax rates in 2023.  Congressman Neal is chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee. 

Representative Michael Burgess of Texas said if President Biden’s administration wants to reduce inflation, it should increase the nation’s production of energy. He said the Inflation Reduction Act will have just a “small effect” on the problem. 

Pray for members of Congress working to address inflation and the potential of a recession. 


FBI Director Christopher Wray will face questions from members of the Senate Judiciary Committee about whistleblower claims that the bureau improperly labeled evidence about Hunter Biden as disinformation in 2020. Ranking member Senator Chuck Grassley of Iowa said, “I expect him to answer on how he’s going to stop political bias at the FBI.” 

Pray for members of the Senate Judiciary Committee as they question the FBI director over recent activities of the bureau. 

Judicial Branch: Pray for Supreme Court Justices and Federal Judges

The Tenth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals sided in part with a Colorado attorney who challenged a state law alleged to protect the misconduct of child welfare workers. The court found that parts of the law regarding the public sharing of information about caseworkers to be unconstitutional. 

A federal appeals court commended a district judge for her dedication in overseeing a 50-year-old desegregation case, but also ruled that she went too far when she closed an elementary school in an attempt to break long-standing segregation. The case was sent back to the district court for “consideration of other methods of addressing that concern.” 

Pray for America’s judges who are ruling on cases that have a direct impact on America’s children. 

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