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house Bill H. Con. Res. 111

Should Congress Express Support for Hosting the 2026 World Cup in the U.S., Canada & Mexico?

Argument in favor

It would be great for the U.S., Canada, and Mexico to jointly host the 2026 FIFA World Cup and Congress should take the simple step of expressing its support would help make it happen.

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04/24/2018
Tourism will flourish within the United States which only adds to the economy. I don’t really see any down sides to this.
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04/24/2018
The FIFA World Cup in the US, Canada, and Mexico will be a huge boost to the economies of all three countries, specifically in the inner cities which are some of the most impoverished aside from rural communities. This would be a positive step forward and will go a long way to show the European Union and the Asian Tigers that we are still an economic powerhouse
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04/24/2018
We, Canada, and Mexico have the existing facilities in place so no significant new construction is needed. It is the world’s game. The primary question is can our Senators and Representatives (read Republicans) put aside their racism, bigotry, and xenophobia in order to welcome the world?
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Argument opposed

Whether or not North America’s United Bid to host the FIFA World Cup in 2026 is successful is none of Congress’s business, and lawmakers expressing their support for it won’t help.

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04/24/2018
I love soccer, and I would love to see the World Cup on US soil, but Congress has bigger things to worry about.
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04/24/2018
Congress should only watch the game. Let the league pick the time and place. Doesn’t Congress have a job? Just stick to government business and stop nosing into private affairs.
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04/24/2018
We have homeless and starving people in this country, too. Most of the time billions need to be spent on structures, housing, security and infrastructure for these types of events. I think that money is better spent on the nation as a whole, not on some sports ball contest played by millionaires on teams owned by billionaires. Besides, you already have your trillion dollar multi-front wars. What else do you need?
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concurrent resolution Progress


  • The senate Passed June 12th, 2018
    Passed by Voice Vote
      senate Committees
      Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation
  • The house Passed April 24th, 2018
    Roll Call Vote 392 Yea / 3 Nay
      house Committees
      Committee on Foreign Affairs
    IntroducedMarch 5th, 2018

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What is House Bill H. Con. Res. 111?

This resolution would strongly support the efforts of the United Bid Committee to bring the 2026 FIFA World Cup competition to the U.S., Mexico, and Canada. Games would be hosted at sites across the three countries. The U.S. last hosted the World Cup in 1994 when it set a record for total attendance (3.5 million) which has remained unmatched to this day.

As a concurrent resolution, this legislation could be passed by both chambers of Congress but wouldn’t be considered legally binding.

Impact

Soccer fans in North America; Congress; the United Bid Committee; and FIFA.

Cost of House Bill H. Con. Res. 111

A CBO cost estimate is unavailable.

More Information

In-Depth: Sponsoring Rep. Darin LaHood (R-IL) introduced this resolution to express support for North America’s united bid to host the 2026 FIFA World Cup, writing along Reps. Kathy Castor (D-FL), Don Bacon (R-NE), and Ruben Kihuen (D-NV):

“As the co-chairs of the Congressional Soccer Caucus, we have each seen how the sport of soccer not only celebrates the values of teamwork and camaraderie, but can also bridge cultural differences and foster goodwill by bringing teams and fans together across the globe. That is why we are proud to introduce H.Con.Res. 111, which voices the House of Representatives’ strong support for the united bid of North America to host the 2026 FIFA World Cup. Hosting the games would draw millions of fans, bringing major economic benefits to the United States and shine a light on soccer’s growing popularity in North America. The 2026 FIFA World Cup would help us and our friends in Canada and Mexico capitalize on this momentum, and it is our hope that the selection committee will recognize the value North America presents and award the united bid.”

This legislation passed the House Foreign Affairs Committee unanimously and has the support of 43 bipartisan cosponsors, including 22 Republicans and 21 Democrats.


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Summary by Eric Revell

(Photo Credit: Agencia Brasil / Creative Commons)

Official Title

Recognizing and supporting the efforts of the United Bid Committee to bring the 2026 Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) World Cup competition to Canada, Mexico, and the United States.

    Tourism will flourish within the United States which only adds to the economy. I don’t really see any down sides to this.
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    I love soccer, and I would love to see the World Cup on US soil, but Congress has bigger things to worry about.
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    Congress should only watch the game. Let the league pick the time and place. Doesn’t Congress have a job? Just stick to government business and stop nosing into private affairs.
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    We have homeless and starving people in this country, too. Most of the time billions need to be spent on structures, housing, security and infrastructure for these types of events. I think that money is better spent on the nation as a whole, not on some sports ball contest played by millionaires on teams owned by billionaires. Besides, you already have your trillion dollar multi-front wars. What else do you need?
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    Stay out of Sports. Still learning how to do government
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    This is not Congressional business just a distraction while they destroy the environment and transfer wealth to the 1%.
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    The FIFA World Cup in the US, Canada, and Mexico will be a huge boost to the economies of all three countries, specifically in the inner cities which are some of the most impoverished aside from rural communities. This would be a positive step forward and will go a long way to show the European Union and the Asian Tigers that we are still an economic powerhouse
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    So with all of our problems, North Korea, Iran, terrorists, mass shootings is our schools, rising gun crime and gas prices....Congress has decided to gather and express support for something it doesn't control......Great.
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    It’s good for the economy and tourism. It is an international sport that will be watched by millions of people.
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    We, Canada, and Mexico have the existing facilities in place so no significant new construction is needed. It is the world’s game. The primary question is can our Senators and Representatives (read Republicans) put aside their racism, bigotry, and xenophobia in order to welcome the world?
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    Anything that helps bring the countries of North America together is a good thing. There has been way too much divisiveness lately.
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    Congress has no business in this.
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    A unified North America would be an outstanding idea for a World Cup
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    These events often take resources that could be used for general infrastructure and devote them to this one event.
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    Waste of tax payer money.
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    Yes
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    Do it
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    Congress should be focusing on more urgent matters - little is getting done and has been done in the past year
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    Congress — and the overall scope of the Legislative Branch — should be limited to the enumerated/delegated powers of Congress expressly given to that body in the Constitution! The fact that they waste so much time and monetary resources weighing in on matters like international soccer flies in the face of the very Constitution members have sworn to uphold.
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    Canada or Mexico. Soccer is a great sport that I love very much. Unfortunately the US is currently very poorly equipped to handle the event in terms of infrastructure and suitable venue cities able to accommodate the volume of supporters it would bring in.
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