Cunningham Joins South Carolina Delegation to Introduce Bipartisan Legislation to Protect Parris Island

October 9, 2020
Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Rep. Joe Cunningham (SC-01), who represents Parris Island, today joined Rep. Joe Wilson (SC-02), Senior Member of the House Armed Services Committee, and Congressman Ralph Norman (SC-05), to introduce the Parris Island Protection Act. This bipartisan legislation would protect Parris Island from closure by prohibiting the use of federal funds to close or plan the closure of the Marine Corps Training Depot at Parris Island, and recognizes the important contributions female recruits have played there since 1949. The action comes in response to reports that the U.S. Marine Corps was considering plans to shutter Parris Island and move all new recruits to a new centralized base.

“I am humbled by the opportunity to represent Parris Island and take seriously my responsibility to safeguard its critical role in ensuring our national defense,” said Rep. Joe Cunningham. “For over 100 years, tens of thousands of Marines have begun their outstanding service to our nation in our backyard and I will not let that change on my watch. I am proud to stand with my colleagues across the aisle and protect Parris Island by prohibiting federal funds from being used to close or realign the base.”

Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) intends to introduce companion legislation in the U.S. Senate.

Last year, Cunningham successfully passed an amendment in the House that would protect Lowcountry installations from closing by prohibiting funds from being used for a base realignment and closure (BRAC).