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SA 4394. Ms. MIKULSKI (for herself, Mr. KENNEDY and Mr. HARKIN) submitted an amendment intended to be proposed to amendment SA 4387 submitted by Mr. DODD (for himself and Mr. SHELBY) to the bill H.R. 3221, moving the United States toward greater energy independence and security, developing innovative new technologies, reducing carbon emissions, creating green jobs, protecting consumers, increasing clean renewable energy production, and modernizing our energy infrastructure,
and to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to provide tax incentives for the production of renewable energy and energy conservation; which was ordered to lie on the table; as follows:

On page 58, line 10, strike ``$100,000,000'' and insert ``$137,500,000''.
On page 58, line 17, strike the period and insert the following: ``: Provided, That, of such amounts $37,500,000 shall be used by the Neighborhood Reinvestment Corporation (referred to in this section as the `NRC') to (1) make grants to counseling intermediaries approved by the Department of Housing and Urban Development or the NRC to hire attorneys trained and capable of assisting homeowners of owner-occupied homes with mortgages in default, in danger of default, or subject to or at risk of
foreclosure who have legal issues that cannot be handled by counselors already employed by such intermediaries, and (2) support NRC partnerships with State and local legal organizations and organizations described in section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 and exempt from tax under section 501(a) of that Code with demonstrated relevant legal experience in home foreclosure law, as such experience is determined by the Chief Executive Officer of NRC: Provided further, That for the purpose of the prior proviso the term `relevant experience' means experience representing homeowners in negotiations and or legal proceedings aimed at preventing
or mitigating foreclosure or providing legal research and technical legal expertise to community based organizations whose goal is to reduce, prevent, or mitigate foreclosure: Provided further, That of the amounts provided for in the prior provisos the NRC shall give priority consideration to counseling intermediaries and
legal organizations that (1) provide legal assistance in the 100 metropolitan statistical areas (as defined by the Director of the Office of Management and Budget) with the highest home foreclosure rates, and (2) have the capacity to begin using the financial assistance within 90 days after receipt of the assistance.''.
On page 58, between lines 17 and 18, insert the following:
SEC. 302. LEGAL ASSISTANCE RELATED TO HOME OWNERSHIP PRESERVATION AND FORECLOSURE PREVENTION.
(a) Appropriation.--
(1) IN GENERAL.--There is authorized to be appropriated and there is appropriated to the Legal Services Corporation $37,500,000 to provide legal assistance related to home ownership preservation, home foreclosure prevention, and tenancy associated with home foreclosure.
(2) AVAILABILITY.--Such funds shall remain available until expended.
(b) Funding Requirements.--Each limitation on expenditures, and each term or condition, that applies to funds appropriated to the Legal Services Corporation under the Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2008, shall apply to funds appropriated to the Corporation under subsection (a), except as provided in subsections (a)(1) and (c).
(c) Priority.--In providing financial assistance from the funds appropriated under subsection (a), the Corporation shall give priority to eligible entities and individuals that--
(1) provide legal assistance in the 100 metropolitan statistical areas (as defined by the Director of the Office of Management and Budget) with the highest home foreclosure rates; and
(2) have the capacity to begin using the financial assistance within 90 days after receipt of the assistance.


(As printed in the Congressional Record for the Senate on Apr 3, 2008.)