President Bush's faith-based initiative has had a big summer. On July 19, the House passed H.R. 7. Nearly a month later, the director of the White House Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives resigned.

The next few months may be as news worthy; Bush has asked for a Senate-approved bill by the end of fall. What are the keys to the bill's success in the Senate, and what has shaped it so far?

DiIulio's departure
On August 17, University of Pennsylvania academic John J. DiIulio, announced his resignation from the top position of the Faith-Based Office citing health concerns. From the beginning, he stressed his commitment would only be six months.

A Denver Post editorial predicted the impact of DiIulio's resignation on the Bush administration:

The departing DiIulio has humorously played down his own importance, saying, "I'm just a teeny, tiny insignificant speck of a man." But the fact is he was in many ways the brains behind the proposal … DiIulio's resignation, after just seven months on the job, is a setback for the program. His departure is just another sign of how difficult it will be to get the Bush proposal through Congress in the face of both liberal and conservative opposition … If the president hopes to see his program enacted into law, he will have to find a strong replacement for Dilulio and find one fast.

Samuel K. Atchison, George H. Gallup International Institute fellow and prison chaplain, wrote in Religion News Service that DiIulio's departure is such a hit to the White House that "the loss is incalculable and threatens to undermine the credibility of the president's faith-based agenda."

However, CNN wrote that DiIulio was doomed from the start:

From the moment in January when the professor and registered ...
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