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SA 3564. Mr. BINGAMAN (for himself, Mr. ALLARD, Mr. DOMENICI, Mr. SALAZAR, and Mr. SMITH) 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:

On page 462, line 2, strike ``may'' and insert ``shall''.
On page 474, strike lines 9 through 25 and insert the following:
``(7) FUNDING.--
``(A) SET ASIDE.--
``(i) IN GENERAL.--Of the funds provided for each of fiscal years 2008 through 2012 to carry out the conservation programs in subtitle D (excluding the conservation reserve program, the conservation stewardship program, and the wetlands reserve program), the Secretary shall reserve 10 percent for use for activities under this section.
``(ii) CONSERVATION STEWARDSHIP PROGRAM.--Of the acres allocated for the conservation stewardship program for each of fiscal years 2008 through 2012, the Secretary shall reserve 10 percent for use for activities under this section.
``(B) UNUSED FUNDS.--Any funds reserved for a fiscal year under subparagraph (A) that are not obligated by April 1 of that fiscal year may be used to carry out any other activity under a conservation program under subtitle D during the remainder of that fiscal year.
``(C) OVERHEAD AND ADMINISTRATIVE COSTS INELIGIBLE.--No overhead or administrative cost of a partner shall be covered by funds provided pursuant to this paragraph.
``(i) IN GENERAL.--Notwithstanding subparagraph (B), of amounts available under subparagraph (A), 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.
``(ii) APPROVAL.--The Secretary may approve regional water conservation activities under this subparagraph that address, in whole or in part, water quality issues.''.

(As printed in the Congressional Record for the Senate on Nov 7, 2007.)