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Lowcountry man fighting for bill to push mowers during government shutdown

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As we keep our eyes on the budget battle on Capitol Hill, a Lowcountry man is already in Washington, pushing a plan to protect monuments if the government shuts down.

We profiled Chris Cox in 2013 during the last government shutdown. He went to Washington, D.C. to cut the grass and cleaned up areas during those 16 days.

Since then, he's spent most of his time in Washington, pushing his bill called the Monuments Protection Act.

If passed the bill would mean parks, monuments and recreational areas would not be impacted by a government shutdown. The bill states in such a situation, the responsibility of national parks would be turned over to state and local governments. The bill would also allow veterans to step in and keep up with maintenance at memorials.

Cox said he's reached out to Senator Tim Scott but has been unsuccessful with getting him on board with the bill. However, he says he has two congressmen sponsoring the bill and several more co-sponsors helping push the initiative.

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