Democratic leader in the Senate, Chuck Schumer, hit Mitch McConnell with a double whammy on Monday by inviting the U.S. women’s national soccer team to the Senate and urging the majority leader to pass equal pay legislation to honor their World Cup victory.
Inbox: Schumer invites U.S. Women’s National Soccer Team to U.S. Senate to celebrate World Cup victory, calls on Sen. McConnell to take up equal pay legislation.
— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) July 9, 2019
In a speech on the Senate floor, Schumer congratulated the U.S. women’s soccer team and told his GOP counterpart to take up equal pay legislation that has already been approved by the Democrat-controlled House of Representatives.
“What the U.S. women did was extraordinary, and they deserve to be compensated fairly. All women need to be compensated fairly, period,” the Democratic leader said. “How about the equal pay amendment that the House has passed? Why don’t we put it on the floor of the Senate in honor of the women who won the World Cup? Why don’t we do that, Leader McConnell?”
What the #USWNT did was extraordinary, and they deserve to be compensated fairly.
All women need to be compensated fairly. Period.
And we ought to pay attention to this not just once every four years during the World Cup, but year-in and year-out. pic.twitter.com/gtWgiHS2PH
— Chuck Schumer (@SenSchumer) July 8, 2019
Democrats are hoping to score a goal for all American women
The U.S. Women’s National Soccer Team was able to capture a fourth World Cup victory on Sunday, and Democrats are hoping to use the occasion to score a goal for all American women.
Earlier this year, Democrats in the U.S. House of Representatives passed a piece of legislation that seeks to “close the wage gap between men and women.” It’s a no-brainer measure that Senate Republicans have yet to pass.
The U.S. women’s soccer team’s victory over the weekend has put renewed focus on the issue of equal pay, and Democrats are looking to paint Republicans into a corner on an issue that most Americans support.
Sean Colarossi currently resides in Cleveland, Ohio. He earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism from the University of Massachusetts Amherst and was an organizing fellow for both of President Obama’s presidential campaigns. He also worked with Planned Parenthood as an Affordable Care Act Outreach Organizer in 2014, helping northeast Ohio residents obtain health insurance coverage.