July 11, 2019

Duckworth, Durbin Help Introduce Bipartisan Resolution Congratulating U.S. Women’s National Soccer Team on Historic Victory & Urging Equal Pay

Duckworth also joined all of her female colleagues in inviting the team to meet with the women of the Senate


[WASHINGTON, DC] – U.S. Senators Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and Dick Durbin (D-IL) joined Senators Bob Menendez (D-NJ), Susan Collins (R-ME), Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) and other colleagues in introducing a bipartisan Senate resolution congratulating the team for winning the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup. The resolution also highlights the Senate’s solidarity with the team as they fight for equal pay. Duckworth also joined U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and 23 of her colleagues in inviting the USWNT to meet with the women of the Senate at the U.S. Capitol.

“The U.S. Women’s National Team has inspired our nation with their historic and incredible win. This is a proud moment for all Americans, and this resolution recognizes the hard-work, determination and skill that this team showed in their fourth World Cup victory,” said Duckworth. “I’m glad to support these amazing women as they strive for the equal pay they deserve, and am looking forward to meeting with the team to celebrate their accomplishments and discuss the important challenges facing women both on and off the field.”

“Like most Americans and people around the globe, I was glued to my TV during this year’s Women’s World Cup,” Durbin said. “It was an amazing tournament, and the U.S. Women’s National Soccer Team is a fantastic and inspirational group of women.  They deserve equal pay, and I am proud to join the bipartisan Senate resolution to stand with them in this fight.”

The resolution was also cosponsored by Jack Reed (D-RI), Doug Jones (D-AL), Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), Maria Cantwell (D-WA), Chris Coons (D-DE), Tammy Baldwin (D-WI), Michael Bennet (D-CO), Mazie Hirono (D-HI), Bob Casey (D-PA), Kamala Harris (D-CA), Patrick Leahy (D-VT), Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Jacky Rosen (D-NV), Chris Van Hollen (D-MD), Cory Booker (D-NJ), Ben Cardin (D-MD), Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), Ed Markey (D-MA), Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), Catherine Cortez Masto (D-NV), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), Bernie Sanders (I-VT), Mark Warner (D-VA), Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ), Jeff Merkley (D-OR), Maggie Hassan (D-NH), Gary Peters (D-MI), Tim Kaine (D-VA), Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), Tom Carper (D-DE) and Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI).

A copy of the resolution can be found here.

“Millions of girls and boys throughout this country continue to look up to you as athletes, as icons, and as a stirring example of what is possible when a team of remarkable, resilient, and confident American women set out to accomplish a goal,” the Senators wrote in the letter. “In honor of your accomplishments, in recognition of your victory, and in acknowledgement of the work still before us, the bipartisan women of the Senate look forward to seeing you during your visit to the Capitol, and we would like to invite you to meet with the women of the Senate to discuss the challenges women face on and off the field.”

The letter was also signed by U.S. Senators Tammy Baldwin (D-WI), Marsha Blackburn (R-TN), Maria Cantwell (D-WA), Shelby Moore Capito (R-WV), Susan Collins (R-ME), Catherine Cortez Masto (D-NV), Joni Ernst (R-IA), Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), Deb Fischer (R-NE), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), Kamala Harris (D-CA), Margaret Wood Hassan (D-NH), Maizie Hirono (D-HI), Cindy Hyde-Smith (R-MS), Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), Martha McSally (R-AZ), Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), Patty Murray (D-WA), Jacky Rosen (D-NV), Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ), Tina Smith (D-MN), Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) and Elizabeth Warren (D-MA).

A copy of the letter can be found here.