The Senate Judiciary Committee is taking up the Great Lakes Compact in a hearing chaired by Russ Feingold on Wednesday. The Wisconsin Democrat wants to get it through his chamber before the year ends.
Cameron Davis, President of the Alliance for the Great Lakes, will testify at the meeting. He's confident Feingold can make it happen because of the bi-partisan support for the deal. Davis adds the compact is backed by elected officials, business leaders and environmental groups.
Monday night President Bush called on Congress to rapidly approve the agreement. House Democrat Jim Oberstar of Duluth is confident his chamber will move approve it quickly.
The Great Lakes Compact prohibits distant states from raiding the lakes for water.