Issue 591 – Federal Branches

Praying for Our Leaders in Government

Executive Branch: Pray for the President and his Administration

Susan Rice, the White House Director of the Domestic Policy Council, attributed the decline in the U.S. economy to racism. “In the last 20 years, the U.S. had a GDP shortfall of $16 trillion due to discrimination against Black Americans. If we closed our racial gaps, we could add another $5 trillion to GDP over just the next five years. … We all benefit when every community has the chance to thrive,” she said. 

At a press conference, Attorney General Merrick Garland announced that his department had filed charges against several leaders of the Sinaloa Cartel, including against the sons of drug lord El Chapo, for pumping fentanyl into the U.S. creating an epidemic. He called them the “largest, most violent, and most prolific fentanyl trafficking operation in the world.” 

Pray for administration officials as they pursue various programs that promote equity. 

Legislative Branch: Pray for Senators and Representatives in Congress

Senator JD Vance of Ohio called on President Biden to increase domestic manufacturing of military hardware. He warned that the “U.S. could see another Great Depression if China invades and takes control of Taiwan.” 

After a visit to the region, Senator Bill Hagerty of Tennessee warned that China is seeking to take advantage of a “vacuum left behind by the U.S. in South America.“ He said, “Basic economic problems were exacerbated by the pandemic shutdowns that took place. So they’re trying to emerge from the pandemic with underperforming economies and with much higher crime rates. And in that situation, the United States has left a vacuum.” He added, “We have not shown up as we should have with our neighbors here in our own hemisphere.”  

Pray for members of Congress as they continue to investigate issues relating to U.S.-China relations. 

Judicial Branch: Pray for Supreme Court Justices and Federal Judges

The Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals overturned a lower court’s ruling that had blocked access to an abortion pill, allowing the case to continue before the district court without the injunction. 

In a unanimous ruling, the Supreme Court opened a broader scope of legal defense options against the Federal Trade Commission and Securities and Exchange Commission. The decision gives people and corporations immediate access to the courts when faced with investigations and complaints by government regulatory agencies. 

Pray for the judges and justices in courts across America who continue to hear cases involving abortion. 

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