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    This page contains bills sponsored by incumbent Senators who are running for re-election in 2008, plus House incumbents running for Senate in 2008. Bill sponsorships indicate the topics that legislators are most interested in, and spend the most time on. These bills are selected as the "signature issue" that each legislator focused on.

08-SJR45 on Jul 23, 2008

Signature Legislation: inter-state compact for Great Lakes water resources
Source: Great Lakes Water Resources Compact (S.J.RES.45)
A joint resolution expressing the approval of Congress to an inter-state compact regarding water resources. In the Great Lakes--St. Lawrence River Basin Water Resources Compact the Congress finds that:
  • The Waters of the Basin are precious public natural resources shared and held in trust by the States;
  • The Waters of the Basin are interconnected and part of a single hydrologic system;
  • The Waters of the Basin can concurrently serve multiple uses. Such multiple uses include industrial, agriculture, mining, navigation, energy development and production, recreation, and the maintenance of fish and wildlife habitat.
  • Future Diversions and Consumptive Uses of Basin Water resources have the potential to significantly impact the environment and economy.
  • Purposes of the inter-state compact: To act together to protect, conserve, restore, improve and effectively manage the Waters and Water Dependent Natural Resources of the Basin under appropriate arrangements for intergovernmental cooperation and consultation;
  • To remove causes of present and future controversies;
  • To promote interstate and State-Provincial comity; and,
  • To promote an Adaptive Management approach to the conservation and management of Basin Water resources, which provides adjustments for the uncertainties in scientific knowledge concerning the Basin's Waters and Water Dependent Natural Resources.
  • Legislative Outcome: Passed Senate by Unanimous Consent.


  • Topic: Environment
  • Headline: Inter-state compact for Great Lakes water resources
  • Headline 2: Inter-state compact for Great Lakes water resources

  • Key for participation codes:
  • Sponsorships: p=sponsored; o=co-sponsored; s=signed
  • Memberships: c=chair; m=member; e=endorsed; f=profiled; s=scored
  • Resolutions: i=introduced; w=wrote; a=adopted
  • Cases: w=wrote; j=joined; d=dissented; c=concurred
  • Surveys: '+' supports; '-' opposes.



Democrats participating in 08-SJR45

Gary Ackerman s2oNew York Dem./Ind./Lib. (Retiring 2012) 
Michael Arcuri s2oNew York Democrat (until 2010) 
Tammy Baldwin s2oWI Democratic Challenger 
Evan Bayh s2oIN Former Democratic Senator 
Sherrod Brown s2oOH Democratic Sr Senator 
Bob Casey s2oPA Democratic Sr Senator; previously state treasurer 
Hillary Clinton s2oNY Former Democratic Senator (NY); now Secretary of State 
John Conyers s2oMichigan Democrat 
Jerry Costello s2oIllinois Democrat (Retiring 2012) 
John Dingell s2oMichigan Democrat 
Joe Donnelly s2oIN Democratic Challenger 
Richard Durbin s2oIL Democratic Sr Senator 
Rahm Emanuel s2oIllinois Former Democrat (until 2009) 
Russell Feingold s2oPOTUS Democrat 
Brian Higgins s2oNew York Democrat 
Maurice Hinchey s2oNew York Dem/Working-Fam.(Retired 2012) 
Stephanie Tubbs Jones s2oOhio Former Dem. (Deceased, 2008) 
Steve Kagen s2oWI Former Democratic challenger (2012) 
Marcy Kaptur s2oOhio Democrat 
Dale Kildee s2oMichigan Democrat (Retiring 2012) 
Carolyn Kilpatrick s2oMichigan Democrat (until 2010) 
Ron Kind s2oWI Former Democratic challenger (2012) 
Amy Klobuchar s2oMN Democrat/DFL Sr Senator 
Herbert Kohl s2oWI Democratic Sr Senator (Retiring) 
Carl Levin s1iMI Democratic Sr Senator (retiring 2014) 
Sander Levin s2oMichigan Democrat 
Dan Lipinski s2oIllinois Democrat 
Carolyn Maloney s2oNew York Democrat/Liberal 
Gwen Moore s2oWisconsin Democrat 
Jerrold Nadler s2oNew York Dem./Lib./Working-Families 
Barack Obama s2oIL Former Democratic Senator (until 2008) 
James Oberstar s1iMinnesota Dem./Farmer/Labor (until 2010) 
David Obey s2oWisconsin Democrat (until 2010) 
Tim Ryan s2oOhio Democrat 
Charles Schumer s2oNY Democratic Sr Senator 
Louise Slaughter s2oNew York Democrat 
Arlen Specter s2oPA Former Democratic incumbent (elected as Republican) 
Debbie Stabenow s2oMI Democratic Jr Senator 
Betty Sutton s2oOhio Democrat 
Peter Visclosky s2oIndiana Democrat 
Charlie Wilson s2oOhio Democrat (until 2010) 



Republicans participating in 08-SJR45

Dave Camp s2oMichigan Republican 
Norm Coleman s2oMN Former Republican Senator; lost court battle, 2009 
Vernon Ehlers s2oMichigan Republican (until 2010) 
Phil English s2oPennsylvania Republican (Unseated 2008) 
Peter Hoekstra s2oMI Republican Challenger 
Mark Kirk s2oIL Republican Jr Senator 
Joe Knollenberg s2oMichigan Republican (Unseated 2008) 
Steven LaTourette s2oOhio Republican 
Richard Lugar s2oIN Republican Sr Senator 
Thad McCotter s2oMichigan Republican 
John McHugh s2oNew York Republican/Conservative 
Candice Miller s2oMichigan Republican 
Tom Petri s2oWisconsin Republican 
Thomas Reynolds s2oNew York Republican (Retiring 2008) 
Mike Rogers s2oMichigan Republican 
Paul Ryan s2oPOTUS Republican 
James Sensenbrenner s2oWisconsin Republican 
Fred Upton s2oMichigan Republican 
George Voinovich s2oOH Republican Sr Senator (retiring 2010) 
Tim Walberg s2oMichigan Republican 
Jim Walsh s2oNew York Rep./Ind. (Retiring 2008) 



Independents participating in 08-SJR45



Total recorded by OnTheIssues:

Democrats: 41
Republicans: 21
Independents: 0


















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