Members of the United States women's team will earn more in 2019 as a result of their World Cup triumph in France.
Manchin proposed the legislation after receiving a letter from the women's head soccer coach at West Virginia University, Nikki Izzo-Brown, who voiced concerns about the pay gap.
The USWNT won the Women's World Cup on Sunday with a 2-0 victory over the Netherlands and claimed their fourth World Cup title.
"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.
The women's team members earn less than 10 % of what the men earn, despite the team outperforming the men both on the field and in revenue generation.
"The inequality of pay is unjust and this wage gap with the USA men's national team has to stop".
Even before the World Cup ended, more than 50 members of Congress signed a letter sent by the Democratic Women's Caucus to U.S. Soccer Federation President Carlos Cordeiro expressing disapproval of the "inequities in pay publicity and investment" that the U.S. women's team faces.
"It is time for the Federation to correct this disparity once and for all". Arguably, compared to the men, the women were actually grossly overpaid. The women's games have also garnered higher ratings and more revenue in recent years.
After their 2015 World Cup triumph, the team became the first women's team to be celebrated with a ticker-tape parade - also the last time a ticker-tape parade was held in NY.
Any federal funding for the 2026 World Cup-which the U.S.is set to host-would be denied until the women's national team receives equal pay to their male counterparts. It was the most-viewed match this season and was a 22 percent increase over last year's World Cup men's final between France and Croatia, which averaged 11.44 million. "That's just plain wrong".
"What are we going to do about it?" Here, Megan Rapinoe smiles as she holds the FIFA Women's World Cup trophy as the team arrives at the Newark International Airport.