A congressman from South Carolina tonight posted on Facebook that the Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) is constructing a bathroom and shower for a transgender employee that will reportedly cost $200,000. The construction is reportedly taking place at Hartwell Dam, which is a dam in the Savannah River between South Carolina and Georgia.
Congressman Jeff Duncan made a public post on Facebook earlier this evening (screen capture below) reporting that he was informed of this news and is looking into it further. USACE’s facility at the dam is in South Carolina’s Third District (which Duncan represents) and the nearest municipality of any size is Anderson.
A couple of questions come to mind:
- Is there a women’s bathroom/shower in existence at the USACE facility at Hartwell Dam already?
- Or is this bathroom and shower being built because there is only a men’s facility already there?
Without knowing these facts, the initial reports are hard to totally digest. No matter what your position on the transgender issues that are in the news lately, it seems like a bit of overkill financially to accomodate one person.
I hope Congressman Duncan will follow up with these details later after he speaks with the commanding general of USACE.