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SA 198. Mrs. HUTCHISON (for herself, Mr. Cornyn, Mr. Vitter, Ms. Murkowski, Mr. Shelby, Mr. Wicker, Mr. Cochran, and Mr. Webb) submitted an amendment intended to be proposed by her to the bill S. 493, to reauthorize and improve the SBIR and STTR programs, and for other purposes; which was ordered to lie on the table; as follows:

At the end of title V, add the following:
(a) Definition of Covered Lease.--In this section, the term "covered lease" means each oil and gas lease for the Gulf of Mexico outer Continental Shelf region issued under section 8 of the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act (43 U.S.C. 1337) that was--
(1) not producing as of April 30, 2010; or
(2) suspended from operations, permit processing, or consideration, in accordance with the moratorium set forth in the Minerals Management Service Notice to Lessees and Operators No. 2010-N04, dated May 30, 2010, or the decision memorandum of the Secretary of the Interior entitled "Decision memorandum regarding the suspension of certain offshore permitting and drilling activities on the Outer Continental Shelf" and dated July 12, 2010.
(b) Extension of Covered Leases.--The Secretary of the Interior shall extend the term of a covered lease by 1 year.
(c) Effect on Suspensions of Operations or Production.--The extension of covered leases under this Act is in addition to any suspension of operations or suspension of production granted by the Minerals Management Service or Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement after May 1, 2010.

(As printed in the Congressional Record for the Senate on Mar 15, 2011.)