Mr. Chairman, I thank you, and I want to thank Judge Carter as well.
This amendment is relatively simple. It started back in March of 2010. On March 27, 2010, a rancher by the name of Rob Krentz was on his own property about 20 miles north of the Arizona-Mexico border, and he was murdered. Even now 3 years later, the killer or killers have not been captured. When he was found by the people who lived there, his wife, Sue, was convinced one of the reasons he was murdered was he was in a certain area of his ranch thatís a dead zone. Dead zones, Mr. Chairman, exist along the Arizona-Mexico border, the Texas-Mexico border, and are areas where there is no cell phone service. Ranchers rely many times on the short-wave radios to communicate with each other and law enforcement. Basically, Rob Krentz could not call for help before he was murdered.
This legislation first started when Gabby Giffords was here in Congress. She and I proposed in 2010 that we fix this problem by taking about $10 million from the office of the Under Secretary of Management of DHS and move it to the Border Security, Fencing, Infrastructure and Technology account with the purpose of allowing the ranchers to have access to cell phone service so they can call for help when theyíre in trouble. The legislation has passed this House twice, but has not passed the Senate and become law.
So this legislation is being brought to the House again for the third time. I appreciate the support from my friend, Henry Cuellar from Laredo, Texas. Itís commonsense legislation. There are portions of the border that are not secure, and those portions, those dead zones, well letís help the ranchers so they can call for help when they are in trouble. Thatís what this legislation does.
I yield back the balance of my time.