Manchin pushes to withhold funding for 2026 World Cup until women's team gets equal pay

Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) introduced a bill Tuesday that would withhold federal funds for the 2026 World Cup unless the men’s and women’s national teams are given equal pay.

Manchin, who sits on the Senate Appropriations Committee, said he introduced the legislation after receiving a letter from West Virginia University women’s soccer head coach Nikki Izzo-Brown urging him to support the U.S. women’s national team as it pushes to get the same pay as the men’s team.

The issue has gained renewed attention following the U.S. national team’s victory Sunday over the Netherlands at the World Cup, a game that drew more viewers than the men’s World Cup final last year between France and Croatia.

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