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SA 3726. Mr. BINGAMAN submitted an amendment intended to be proposed to amendment SA 3500 proposed by Mr. HARKIN (for himself, Mr. CHAMBLISS, Mr. BAUCUS, and Mr. GRASSLEY) to the bill H.R. 2419, to provide for the continuation of agricultural programs through fiscal year 2012, and for other purposes; which was ordered to lie on the table; as follows:

Strike section 2359 and insert the following:
Section 1240I of the Food Security Act of 1985 (16 U.S.C. 3839aa-9) is amended by striking subsection (c) and inserting the following:
``(c) Funding.--
``(1) AVAILABILITY OF FUNDS.--Of the funds of the Commodity Credit Corporation, in addition to amounts made available under section 1241(a) to carry out this chapter, the Secretary shall use $60,000,000 for each of fiscal years 2008 through 2012.
``(2) FUNDING FOR CERTAIN STATES.--Of the funds made available under paragraph (1), the Secretary shall provide to each State the boundaries of which encompass a multistate aquifer from which documented groundwater withdrawals exceed 16,000,000,000 gallons per day, for water conservation or irrigation practices, an amount equal to not less than the greater of--
``(A) $3,000,000; or
``(B) the simple average of amounts allocated to producers in the State under this section for the period of fiscal years 2002 through 2007.
``(A) IN GENERAL.--Of the funds made available under paragraph (1), the Secretary shall reserve not less than $2,000,000, to remain available until expended, for regional water conservation activities in the Eastern Snake Aquifer region.
``(B) APPROVAL.--The Secretary may approve regional water conservation activities under this paragraph that address, in whole or in part, water quality issues.''.

(As printed in the Congressional Record for the Senate on Nov 15, 2007.)