Joe Manchin (D-WV) told Federation Internationale de Football Association on Tuesday.
On Tuesday, Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) introduced a bill that would prevent federal funds for the 2026 World Cup until the U.S. Soccer Federation agrees to provide equal pay to the U.S. women's and men's national teams.
Star player Megan Rapinoe has already called on the governing body United States soccer to "set things right for the future" by giving the women's team a pay rise. They are the best in the world and deserve to be paid accordingly.
Several members of the national team filed a lawsuit in March against the U.S. Soccer Federation, claiming there is institutionalized gender discrimination between the women's and the men's game. In 1994, when the United States first hosted the World Cup, relatively little spending was needed to get the country ready to host the event.
"The bigoted vandal scribbled marker over Rapinoe's face and forehead Monday morning on more than six posters displayed throughout the mezzanine level of the station near Sixth Avenue and West 42nd Street, cops said Tuesday".
The men? They haven't done so hot. And as we now know, they have quite a few supporters on Capitol Hill. That's not going to happen until the female players' demands are met, said Manchin.
Amid confetti and chants of "equal pay", New York City honoured the USA women's football team on Wednesday with a ticker-tape parade up the "Canyon of Heroes", celebrating its World Cup triumph and hailing the players' emergence as icons of women's rights. "It's plain wrong, and it's time to #PayTheWomen".
"The clear unequitable pay between the U.S. men's and women's soccer teams is unacceptable and I'm glad the U.S. Women's Soccer Team latest victory is causing public outcry", Manchin added.
When Rapinoe was shaking hands with FIFA President Gianni Infantino after winning Sunday's championship match in Lyon, France, she accepted an invitation to have a "conversation" with him, she told the press.
As she spoke, a few spectators waved "Trump 2020" flags and one held a sign calling Rapinoe an "America hater", an apparent reference to her refusal to put a hand over her heart when the US national anthem was played during the World Cup.
"I would not go, and every teammate that I've talked to explicitly about it would not go", she said.