Joe Manchin wants to halt federal 2026 World Cup funding until USWNT receives equal pay

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(CNN) Senator Joe Manchin introduced a bill Tuesday that would withhold federal funding for the United States' hosting of the 2026 men's World Cup until the men's and women's national soccer teams receive equal pay.

Manchin wanted to sponsor the legislation after receiving a letter from West Virginia University's women's soccer coach Nikki Izzo-Brown, asking for his support for the US Women's National Team's pursuit of equal pay, he said in a statement.

"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. "They are the best in the world and deserve to be paid accordingly."

The bill would ensure that "no Federal funds may be appropriated or otherwise made available to provide support for the 2026 World Cup" until the US Soccer Federation agrees to pay the teams' members equally.