Joe Manchin (D-WV) told Federation Internationale de Football Association on Tuesday.
U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., has introduced a bill that says no federal funding can go to the 2026 World Cup that is being hosted in the United States unless the men's and women's team are paid equally. That includes funds that go to host cities, participating local and state organizations, U.S. Soccer, the Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Association Football, and the worldwide soccer governing body FIFA. "They are the best in the world and deserve to be paid accordingly".
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The festivities will honor the national team's remarkable run in France, where the USA women went undefeated in the World Cup, turning away determined challenges from talented and physical squads such as France, the United Kingdom and the Netherlands.
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Manchin said he was inspired by a letter from the head women's soccer coach at West Virginia University, Nikki Izzo-Brown, who said it was wrong for women players to be paid and valued less for their efforts. Members of the U.S. women's team are also suing U.S. Soccer, their employer, for paying them less than the men's team.
Of hearing the "Equal pay!" chants coming from the stands in Lyon, she said: "I think we knew that this win, if we were able to win, was going to be bigger than soccer, but that moment just solidified everything".
The bill introduced by Manchin would disallow federal funds from being appropriated to help support any host city, or state or local agency participating in World Cup arrangements, until such time as the U.S. Soccer Federation "agrees to provide equitable pay" to its men's and women's teams.More news: PSG Sporting Director Confirms That Neymar Can Leave
However, despite the celebrations in New York City it seems as though the same type of plaudits won't take place at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue as Rapinoe has publicly stated that she will resist any invitation to celebrate their win with Donald Trump at the White House.