Sen. Sherrod Brown today said he'll join West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin in introducing a bill that would prevent federal funding from going to the 2026 World Cup, which will be hosted by the U.S., Mexico and Canada, unless the U.S. Soccer Federation agrees to equal pay for the women's national team, which of course just won the freaking World Cup.
Mediation in the team's lawsuit against the federation is expected to begin now that the World Cup is over.
"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 said in a statement earlier this week. "They are the best in the world and deserve to be paid accordingly."
While it's unclear how much federal funding will be needed for the event, if any, many celebrated Manchin's proposed bill as the groundswell toward equal pay for the women grows.
Also, if you haven't watched already, enjoy Allie Long's emphatic exclamation point on the World Cup and the lawsuit.