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Days after the U.S. women’s soccer team won the World Cup, Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) has introduced legislation that would require equal pay for the women’s and men’s teams.
The bill would prevent the use of federal funding for the 2026 men's World Cup until the U.S. Soccer Federation agrees to provide equal pay for both teams.
After the U.S. beat the Netherlands on Sunday to clinch their fourth title, the crowd in Lyon, France, erupted into chants of "equal pay!"
“We – all players, every player at this World Cup – put on the most incredible show that you could ever ask for,” team co-captain Megan Rapinoe after the victory. “We can’t do anything more, to impress more, to be better ambassadors, to take on more, to play better, to do anything. It’s time to move that conversation forward to the next step.”
But Anders Hagstrom, writing in the right-leaning Daily Caller, argued that when it comes to soccer, “[s]alaries and bonuses are based first and foremost on the revenue the sport brings in, and in this case, men’s soccer far outclasses women’s soccer on both a global and domestic scale.”
Hagstrom added: “In fact, given how much more money the men’s World Cup brings in, the women’s team is paid proportionately more than the men.”
On the Radar
9/11 Victims Compensation Fund
The financially beleaguered September 11th Victim Compensation Fund (VCF) is set get relief from Congress in the coming weeks, as leadership in both chambers of Congress have announced plans to vote on a bill funding the VCF permanently.
The fund was last authorized in 2015 through fiscal year 2020, but the VCF’s administrators announced benefit cuts earlier this year because an influx of claims by 9/11 first responders and victims who have contracted illnesses from exposure to toxins at Ground Zero has depleted the approved funding faster than anticipated.
In a late June meeting with 9/11 victims, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) committed to holding a vote on the legislation in his chamber before the Senate adjourns for recess in August ― although it’s unclear whether it will be considered as standalone legislation or attached to a broader bipartisan bill (like a conference report that compromises between the House and Senate defense authorization bills).
Judge Rejects DOJ Bid to Change Lawyers in Census Case
A federal judge has blocked the Justice Department from switching legal teams midway through a case challenging the Trump administration's efforts to add a question about citizenship to the 2020 census.
District Judge Jesse Furman blocked nine DOJ lawyers from stepping down from the case until they met a legal requirement to explain why they want to depart and showing that their exit wouldn't impede the lawsuit. Even if they are relieved, they'd be required to remain under the court's jurisdiction to answer any future questions.
Trump blasted both the decision, and the "Obama appointed judge," in a tweet Tuesday night.
“So now the Obama appointed judge on the Census case (Are you a Citizen of the United States?) won’t let the Justice Department use the lawyers that it wants to use,” he tweeted. “Could this be a first?”
Under the Radar
Keep on Truckin'
The Department of Transportation is moving to relax the federal regulations on how many hours truck drivers can work.
The trucking industry has long fought to relax the “hours of service” rules, which confine long-haul truck drivers to a 14-hour “driving window” limit, 11-hour driving limit, and 60-hour/7-day and 70-hour/8-day duty limits.
The National Transportation Safety Board has declared fatigue a “pervasive problem” in all forms of transportation and added reducing fatigue-related accidents to its 2019-2020 “most wanted list” of safety improvements.
Norman Tello, a driver for Tate Transportation, told the Idaho Post Register that the rules should be changed.
“It’s flawed because you’re racing the clock all the time,” Tello said. “You’re constantly fighting to get to where you want to go before your time runs out.”
California Bans Discrimination Based on Hair
California has passed the Create a Respectful and Open Workplace for Natural Hair (CROWN) Act, which bans discrimination against employees based off hairstyle and texture, both of which are often associated with race.
Golden State Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) signed the bill into law Wednesday, making California the first state to legally protect people in workplaces and K-12 public schools from discrimination based on their natural hair.
“That is played out in workplaces, it’s played out in schools - not just in athletic competitions and settings - every single day all across America in ways that are subtle, in ways overt," Newsom said during the bill-signing ceremony in Sacramento.
Your Gov at a Glance 👀
The White House: President Trump in D.C.
- At 11:45am EDT, the president will receive his intelligence briefing.
- At 3:45pm EDT, the president will deliver remarks at the Presidential Social Media Summit.
The House of Representatives: In
- Debating amendments to a bill that would authorize $725 billion in defense discretionary spending for FY2020.
The Senate: In
- Voting on the confirmation of an assistant education secretary for post-secondary education & an assistant labor secretary.
- Taking a procedural and potential confirmation vote on the nomination of an assistant EPA administrator for the Office of Solid Waste.
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And, in the End…
But at least it gave us the musical...
On July 11, 1804, a duel between two American politicians resulted in the death of one.
Vice President Aaron Burr and former Secretary of the Treasury Alexander Hamilton ended their lifelong feud with a duel in Weehawken, NJ. Hamilton shot and broke a tree branch above Burr's head; Burr shot Hamilton in the stomach. He died the following day.
Hope your 7/11 goes better than Hamilton's,
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