H. R. 3130
IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
May 12, 2021
Mr. Guest (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.
This Act may be cited as the
Operation Stonegarden Authorization Act.
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:
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.
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.
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.
Subsection (a) of section 2002 of the Homeland Security Act of 2002 (6 U.S.C. 603) is amended to read as follows:
The Secretary, through the Administrator, may award grants under sections 2003, 2004, 2009, and 2010 to State, local, and Tribal governments, as appropriate.
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.