Press release from the office of Senator Maria Cantwell.
The Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee yesterday approved the bipartisan Equal Pay Act S.2333 for the 2021 Team USA. Legislation advanced just before today’s 50e Anniversary of Title IX. Senator Maria Cantwell (D-WA), chair of the committee, introduced the bill that would guarantee equal pay for all Americans who represent our country in global sports competitions, such as the Olympics, regardless of gender.
“I can think of no more appropriate way to pay tribute to the legacy of Title IX and all it has done for women and girls to participate in sports over the past 50 years than to embrace this bipartisan bill on the eve of its 50th anniversary,” said Senator Cantwell. “The bill we are voting on represents months of work with the United States Olympic and Paralympic Committee, bipartisan advocates and colleagues, to ensure that men and women competing internationally for Team USA receive a equal compensation, benefits, medical care, travel and coverage. expenses.”
The bipartisan Team USA Equal Pay Act would require that all athletes representing the United States in global amateur sports competitions receive equal compensation and benefits for their work, regardless of gender. It would also require equal payment for medical care, travel and expenses.
The bill applies to the national governing bodies of 50 different sports and requires the United States Olympic and Paralympic Committee (USOPC) to monitor and report on compliance with the legislation.
In July 2019, Senator Cantwell held press conference with United States Women’s National Team Captain Megan Rapinoe and introduced similar legislation guarantee equal pay to American athletes who represent the United States team in world sports competitions.
In February 2022, the United States women’s national soccer team settled its long-running sex discrimination lawsuit against the United States Soccer Federation, receiving $24 million in back wages and compensation.
As of May 2022, the United States Women’s National Soccer Team reached historic agreement ensure that female and male U.S. soccer players receive equal compensation when participating in international games and competitions. Now, this agreement would expire in 2028.
Senator Cantwell has been a consistent advocate for gender equity in athletics. Senator Cantwell co-sponsored the law on gender equity in education 117e, 116eand 115e Congress. As Chairman of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation, Senator Cantwell LEDs various NCAA athlete rights and protections hearings.
In 2020, Cantwell introduced a bipartisan resolution to honour female athletes and in 2017, Cantwell Many times retaliated against the Trump administration’s attempts to eliminate Title IX Protections.
A list of organizations supporting the Equal Pay for Team USA Act is available HERE.
Read the full text of the invoice HERE.