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House of Representatives passes equal pay bill

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The new bill ensures equal compensation for U.S. women athletes in international events.

A new bill ensuring equal compensation for U.S. women competing in international events has been passed by the House of Representatives.

The Equal Pay for Team USA Act will require, regardless of gender, all athletes representing the United States in global competition to receive equal pay and benefits in their sport.

Senate floor, Sen. Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.) said: “I...want to thank heroes like Megan Rapinoe and Alex Morgan, who brought that case against US Soccer.

“US women's soccer led the charge after winning the World Cup and making it clear to everyone that women athletes deserve equal pay.”

In early 2022, the women signed a new collective bargaining agreement that included identical pay structures for men and women, it also included equitable distribution of World Cup prize money.

US Soccer president Cindy Parlow Cone said: “By sending this legislation to the President, both houses have sent a clear message that this is the standard for all National Teams in all sports and it underscores the importance of working with our athletes to achieve equal pay including equalizing international prize money.”

Most Olympic sports in the US have met US Olympic and Paralympic Committee standards regarding equal compensation but soccer wasn’t amongst them.

With both the Senate and the House of Representatives passing the bill, it now heads to President Joe Biden’s desk for final approval.

Sen. Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.), co-sponsored the bill with Cantwell. Cantwell added that the bill is a fitting way to cap off 2022, which marked the 50th anniversary of Title IX, the law that promoted gender equality in sports.

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