IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES
July 16, 2012
Mr. Baucus (for himself, Mr. Bingaman, Mr. Tester, Mr. Harkin, Mr. Udall of New Mexico, Ms. Klobuchar, Mr. Franken, Mr. Johnson of South Dakota, and Mr. Conrad) introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources
To authorize the Secretary of the Interior to use designated funding to pay for construction of authorized rural water projects, and for other purposes.
This Act may be cited as
Authorized Rural Water Projects
In this Act:
The term Fund means the Reclamation Rural Water Construction Fund established by section 3(a).
Secretary means the Secretary of the Interior.
Reclamation rural water construction fund
is established in the Treasury of the United States a fund, to be known as the
Reclamation Rural Water Construction Fund, consisting of—
such amounts as are deposited in the Fund under subsection (b); and
any interest earned on investment of amounts in the Fund under subsection (d).
Deposits to fund
For each of fiscal years 2013 through 2029, the Secretary of the Treasury shall deposit in the Fund $80,000,000 of the revenues that would otherwise be deposited for the fiscal year in the reclamation fund established by the first section of the Act of June 17, 1902 (32 Stat. 388, chapter 1093).
Availability of amounts
Amounts deposited in the Fund under paragraph (1) shall—
be made available in accordance with this section, without further appropriation; and
be in addition to amounts appropriated for such purposes under any other provision of law.
Notwithstanding paragraphs (1) and (2), no amounts may be deposited in, or made available from, the Fund under those paragraphs if the transfer or availability of the amounts would increase the deficit.
Expenditures from fund
Subject to subparagraph (B), for each of fiscal years 2013 through 2034, the Secretary may expend from the Fund not more than the sum of—
the amount of interest accrued in the Fund for the fiscal year in which the expenditures are made.
Notwithstanding subparagraph (A), the Secretary may expend more than $80,000,000 for any fiscal year listed in subparagraph (A) if such amounts are available in the Fund due to expenditures not reaching $80,000,000 in 1 or more prior fiscal years.
Subject to subparagraph (B), the Secretary may use amounts from the Fund to complete construction of rural water projects—
authorized to be carried out by the Secretary on or before the date of enactment of this Act; or
pursuant to section 106(e) of Rural Water Supply Act of 2006 (43 U.S.C. 2405(e)), the Secretary has completed a feasibility report by September 30, 2012, that recommends the construction of a rural water project; and
an Act of Congress after the date of enactment of this Act has authorized the construction of the project.
The Secretary may not use amounts from the Fund to pay for any operation and maintenance costs of an authorized rural water project.
The Secretary shall not expend any amounts from the Fund until the date on which the Secretary develops—
programmatic goals to carry out this section that—
would enable the completion of construction of the authorized rural water projects as expeditiously as possible; and
the goals and priorities identified in the laws authorizing the authorized rural water projects; and
the goals of the Reclamation Rural Water Supply Act of 2006 (43 U.S.C. 2401 et seq.); and
funding prioritization criteria to serve as a formula for distributing funds under this section that take into account—
an evaluation of the urgent and compelling need for potable water supplies in the affected rural and tribal communities;
the status of the current stages of completion of the authorized rural water project;
the financial needs of the affected rural and tribal communities;
the potential economic benefits of the expenditures on job creation and general economic development in the affected rural and tribal communities;
the ability of the authorized rural water project to address regional and watershed level water supply needs;
the ability of the authorized rural water project—
to minimize water and energy consumption; and
to encourage the development of renewable energy resources, such as wind, solar, and hydropower elements;
the need for the authorized rural water project to address—
the needs of Indian tribes and members of Indian tribes; and
other community needs or interests; and
such other factors as the Secretary determines to be appropriate to prioritize the use of available funds.
Investments of amounts
The Secretary shall invest such portion of the Fund as is not, in the judgment of the Secretary, required to meet current withdrawals.
Credits to fund
The interest on, and the proceeds from the sale or redemption of, any obligations held in the Fund shall be credited to, and form a part of, the Fund.
Transfers of amounts
The amounts required to be transferred to the Fund under this section shall be transferred at least monthly from the general fund of the Treasury to the Fund on the basis of estimates made by the Secretary of the Treasury.
Proper adjustment shall be made in amounts subsequently transferred to the extent prior estimates were in excess of or less than the amounts required to be transferred.
On September 30, 2034—
the Fund shall terminate; and
the unexpended and unobligated balance of the Fund shall be transferred to the reclamation fund established by the first section of the Act of June 17, 1902 (32 Stat. 388, chapter 1093).