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SA 4597. Mr. BARRASSO submitted an amendment intended to be proposed by him to the bill H.R. 2881, to amend title 49, United States Code, to authorize appropriations for the Federal Aviation Administration for fiscal years 2008 through 2011, to improve aviation safety and capacity, to provide stable funding for the national aviation system, and for other purposes; which was ordered to lie on the table; as follows:

At the appropriate place, insert the following:
SEC. __. GOVERNMENT OIL ACQUISITION FINANCIAL ACCOUNTABILITY AND CONSUMER RELIEF.
(a) Suspension of Petroleum Acquisition for Strategic Petroleum Reserve.--
(1) IN GENERAL.--Notwithstanding any other provision of law, during any period in which the conditions described in paragraph (2) are not met--
(A) the Secretary of the Interior shall suspend acquisition of petroleum for the Strategic Petroleum Reserve through the royalty-in-kind program; and
(B) the Secretary of Energy shall suspend acquisition of petroleum for the Strategic Petroleum Reserve through any other acquisition method.
(2) RESUMPTION.--
(A) IN GENERAL.--The Secretary of the Interior may resume acquisition of petroleum for the Strategic Petroleum Reserve through the royalty-in-kind program, and the Secretary of Energy may resume acquisition of petroleum for the Strategic Petroleum Reserve through any other acquisition method, not earlier than 30 days after the date on which the President notifies Congress that the President has determined that, for the most recent consecutive 4-week period--
(i) the weighted average price of retail, regular, all formulations gasoline in the United States is $2.50 or less per gallon (as adjusted under subparagraph (B)); or
(ii) the weighted average price of retail, No. 2 diesel in the United States is $2.75 or less per gallon (as adjusted under subparagraph (B)).
(B) ADJUSTMENT.--For fiscal year 2009 and each subsequent fiscal year, the prices specified in clauses (i) and (ii) of subparagraph (A) for the preceding fiscal year shall be adjusted to reflect changes for the 12-month period ending the preceding November 30 in the Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers published by the Bureau of Labor Statistics of the Department of Labor.
(b) Additional Acquisition Requirements.--Section 160 of the Energy Policy and Conservation Act (42 U.S.C. 6240) is amended by inserting after subsection (c) the following:
``(d) Additional Acquisition Requirements.--
``(1) IN GENERAL.--To the maximum extent practicable, any acquisitions made by the Secretary of the Interior for the Strategic Petroleum Reserve through the royalty-in-kind program and any acquisitions made by the Secretary of Energy for the Reserve through any other acquisition method (referred to in this subsection as the `respective Secretary') shall reflect a steady monthly dollar value of oil acquired through the royalty-in-kind program or any other acquisition method allowed by
law.
``(2) PARTICULAR INCLUSION.--
``(A) DEFINITION OF HEAVY CRUDE OIL.--In this paragraph, the term `heavy crude oil' means oil with a gravity index of not more than 22 degrees.
``(B) REQUIREMENT.--To the extent technologically feasible, financially beneficial for the Treasury of the United States, and compatible with domestic refining requirements, the respective Secretary shall include at least 10 percent heavy crude oil in making any acquisitions of crude oil for the Reserve.
``(3) NEGOTIATION OF DELIVERY DATES.--Nothing in this subsection limits the ability of the respective Secretary to negotiate delivery dates for crude oil acquired for the Reserve.
``(4) NATIONAL SECURITY NEEDS.--The respective Secretary may waive any requirement under this subsection if the respective Secretary determines that the requirement is inconsistent with the national security needs of the United States.''.


(As printed in the Congressional Record for the Senate on Apr 30, 2008.)