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H.R. 3130 (117th): Operation Stonegarden Authorization Act

The text of the bill below is as of May 12, 2021 (Introduced). The bill was not enacted into law.



1st Session

H. R. 3130


May 12, 2021

(for himself, Mr. Babin, Mr. Van Drew, Mr. Garbarino, Mr. Gimenez, Mr. Pfluger, Mr. Meijer, Mrs. Miller-Meeks, and Miss González-Colón) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Homeland Security


To amend the Homeland Security Act of 2002 to authorize the Operation Stonegarden grant program, and for other purposes.


Short title

This Act may be cited as the Operation Stonegarden Authorization Act.


Operation Stonegarden


In general

Subtitle A of title XX of the Homeland Security Act of 2002 (6 U.S.C. 601 et seq.) is amended by adding at the end the following new section:


Operation Stonegarden



There is established in the Department a program to be known as Operation Stonegarden, under which the Secretary, acting through the Administrator, shall make grants to eligible law enforcement agencies, through the State administrative agency, to enhance border security in accordance with this section.


Eligible recipients

To be eligible to receive a grant under this section, a law enforcement agency—


shall be located in—


a State bordering Canada or Mexico; or


a State or territory with a maritime border; and


shall be involved in an active, ongoing, U.S. Customs and Border Protection operation coordinated through a U.S. Border Patrol sector office.


Permitted uses

The recipient of a grant under this section may use such grant for—


equipment, including maintenance and sustainment costs;


personnel, including overtime and backfill, in support of enhanced border law enforcement activities;


any activity permitted for Operation Stonegarden under the Department of Homeland Security’s most recent Homeland Security Grant Program Notice of Funding Opportunity; or


any other appropriate activity, as determined by the Administrator, in consultation with the Commissioner of U.S. Customs and Border Protection.


Period of performance

The Secretary shall award grants under this section to grant recipients for a period of not less than 36 months.



For each of the fiscal years 2022 through 2026, the Administrator shall submit to the Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs of the Senate and the Committee on Homeland Security of the House of Representatives a report that contains information on the expenditure of grants made under this section by each grant recipient.


Authorization of appropriations

There is authorized to be appropriated $110,000,000 for each of the fiscal years 2022 through 2026 for grants under this section.



Conforming amendment

Subsection (a) of section 2002 of the Homeland Security Act of 2002 (6 U.S.C. 603) is amended to read as follows:


Grants authorized

The Secretary, through the Administrator, may award grants under sections 2003, 2004, 2009, and 2010 to State, local, and Tribal governments, as appropriate.



Clerical amendment

The table of contents in section 1(b) of the Homeland Security Act of 2002 is amended by inserting after the item relating to section 2009 the following new item:

Sec. 2010. Operation Stonegarden.