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    SC Lawmakers Introduce Bill to Prevent Parris Island from Closing. Here’s What it Would Do

    SC Lawmakers Introduce Bill to Prevent Parris Island from Closing. Here’s What it Would Do

    South Carolina lawmakers have introduced a bill in Congress again that they say would protect Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island in Port Royal from being closed using federal dollars.

    U.S. Rep. Nancy Mace, R- Charleston, whose 1st District includes Beaufort County, said the Parris Island Protection Act, if passed, would prohibit the use of federal funds to close Parris Island — or to its closure.

    The , an economic powerhouse and source of pride in Northern Beaufort County, trains 20,000 recruits a year and has trained more than 1 million Marines since 1891.

    South Carolina representatives co-sponsored similar legislation in 2021.

    The legislation is in response to reports in 2020 that the was considering shutting down the base to meet gender integration requirements included in the Fiscal Year 2020 National Defense Authorization Act (), which startled Port Royal and Beaufort local officials.

    Rising sea levels also have raised questions about the future of the base, although Marine Corps officials have said steps are being taken to address that threat.

    Mace made keeping Parris Island open a campaign issue when she ran for reelection last fall.

    “I'm sure y'all are aware, there is a fight here in Congress and at the Pentagon to move or consolidate operations,” Mace wrote in an opinion piece she penned during the campaign. “I saw this last year when a Senator from…

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