House Votes To Add Marine Corps Name To Navy Department

More than 200 years after the first Marines fought in the Revolutionary War, the Marine Corps would finally get its name on the door under legislation the House has approved.

The House by voice vote Tuesday agreed to rename the Department of the Navy as the Department of the Navy and Marine Corps.

The measure's sponsor, North Carolina Republican Walter Jones, says his effort is merely recognizing the Marine Corps as part of the fighting team that includes the Navy.

While almost every member of the House co-sponsored the legislation, it's no sure bet to pass Congress. The House has approved similar legislation for eight years running, only to be thwarted by the Senate. This year a companion Senate bill waits to be considered.

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