Senate debate on same sex marriage amendment starts at 1 p.m. Chicago time. It's called the `` Marriage Protection Amendment. ''
President Bush put a federal gay marriage ban on the table when he was running for re-election in 2004. This amendment was rejected by the Senate two years ago and is revived as Bush, with low approval ratings, is trying to rally his conservative base with an eye on the November mid-term elections. Bush makes a statement of support for the ban at 12:45 p.m. Chicago time.
Is this a good use of the Senate time?
9:05 a.m. Meets with the president of the Republic of the Congo. Oval Office, The White House.
10:10 a.m. Meets with Chinese Leadership Program Fellows. EEOB - Room 350, The White House.
11:05 a.m. Meets with the President of Honduras. Oval Office, The White House.
1:45 p.m. Makes a statement on the Marriage Protection Amendment. EEOB - ROOM 450, The White House.
from the White House.........
This morning, President Bush will meet with President Denis Sassou-Nguesso of the Republic of the Congo. The two leaders will discuss implementation of the May 5, 2006 Darfur Peace Agreement, NATO assistance to strengthen the African Union Mission in Sudan and the follow-on U.N. mission, United Nations authorization to promptly transition to a U.N. peacekeeping force, and ways to strengthen democracy and improve the lives of the Congolese people.
President Bush will then meet with Chinese Leadership Program Fellows, followed by a meeting with President Manuel Zelaya Rosales of Honduras, in which the two leaders will discuss the expansion of free trade and economic growth and continuing cooperation in areas of mutual interest.
In the afternoon, the President will make a statement on the Marriage Protection Amendment.