GOP: God Or Politics?
Will Republicans Change Their Course?
Posted November 13, 1998
After losing five congressional seats in last week's election, House Republicans will meet November 18 to elect the leaders of the 106th Congress. This will help decide the road taken by the GOP: God or Politics-As-Usual.
Please join us in believing prayer:
Almighty God, Your Word declares, "Blessed is the nation whose God is the LordÍ" (Ps 33:12). We pray that the leadership that is voted into office will proclaim that God is the Lord of America. We ask that You grant to those in authority wisdom, knowledge, understanding and the fear of the Lord (Pr 2:1-7; Eph 1:17; Ja 1:5, 3:17). May the Republican leadership be those who have ears to hear the desires and commands of the Lord (Rev 4:22). Grant victory to Rep. Largent and Rep. Watts. May the will of the Sovereign Lord be done in the 106th Congress. We pray this in the Name of Jesus and to the Glory of God. AMEN!
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HOUSE SPEAKER: Rep. Newt Gingrich (R-GA) stunned the country when he announced his decision to step down as House Speaker and leave Congress altogether in January. Rep. Robert Livingston (R-LA) is the heir apparent as Speaker of the House. (Ed. Note: At this writing, all publicly-announced challengers to Mr. Livingston have dropped out of the race for Speaker and thrown their support to him in the interest of "unity" in the Republican caucus.) Livingston is not a strong pro-life advocate, but rather a so-called "moderate" on social issues. He was blamed (fairly or not) for much of the "pork" added to the budget bill just a few weeks before the election, although he was said to be furious at the way the budget negotiations with President Clinton were handled by Gingrich and Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott (R-MS). Livingston lacks a biblical worldview, but he is committed to the national security of the U. S. and has consistently sought funding for the deployment of an anti-missile defense system. The Speaker is the presiding officer of the House of Representatives and is second in line to succeed to the presidency (after the vice-president). One of the Speaker's most important tasks is selecting chairmen for all of the House's committees.
HOUSE MAJORITY LEADER: Rep. Steve Largent (R-OK) and Rep. Jennifer Dunn (R-WA) are challenging Rep. Richard Armey (R-TX) for the number two spot, House Majority Leader. Largent is a strong pro-life voice in Congress as well as one who will not kowtow to the establishment, even to Bob Livingston. He is articulate in his Christian stance and an affable person. Dunn has waffled on the abortion issue as well as other social issues of importance. Armey has held the post of House Majority Leader since 1995. The flow of legislation to the House floor is controlled by the Majority Leader, who is the chief "power broker" for the majority party.
- HOUSE MAJORITY WHIP: Rep. Tom DeLay (R-TX) is unchallenged for the #3 position in the House and will continue as Majority Whip for another two years. DeLay has been an effective whip in exerting his influence behind the scenes for pro-life and pro-family legislation. The House Majority Whip is the party's chief "vote counter" and is responsible for communicating the feelings of the rank-and-file congressmen to the leadership (and vice versa).
HOUSE REPUBLICAN CONFERENCE CHAIRMAN: Rep. J.C. Watts (R-OK) is challenging John Boehner (R-OH) for the post of Conference Chairman. Watts, the only black Republican in Congress, has shown himself to be a staunch supporter of life and the family. His leadership would also help to bring the conservative, Christian position to the black community. The Conference Chairman works out the policy stance of the party and insures that legislation drafted by the majority reflects that stance.
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