Lawmakers congratulate US women's soccer team on winning opening World Cup match
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Members of Congress celebrated the U.S. Women's soccer team following an impressive 13-0 victory over Thailand's team during their first match at the 2019 World Cup.

A number of lawmakers took to Twitter to cheer the team's win in the match Tuesday afternoon, which broke a World Cup record for margin of victory.

"Fantastic win for @USWNT in their first game of the Women’s World Cup! I’m cheering them on from DC today, but of course @USRepKCastor and I are ready if they need a sub!" tweeted Rep. Debbie Mucarsel-PowellDebbie Mucarsel-PowellThe Memo: Democrats see warning signs beyond 2020 Florida Democrat breaks down loss: 'It's not just about socialism' Rundown of the House seats Democrats, GOP flipped on Election Day MORE (D-Fla.).

"Congratulations Team #USA on today's win against Thailand and the kick off to this year's Women's World Cup. #FIFAWWC #WWC2019" added Rep. Adriano EspaillatAdriano de Jesus Espaillat CabralLawmakers call for small business aid at all levels of government The Hill's Morning Report - Sponsored by Facebook - Washington on edge amid SCOTUS vacancy On the Money: Administration to ban TikTok, WeChat | House moves toward bill to avoid government shutdown | Coronavirus relief bills boosted GDP, CBO says MORE (D-N.Y.).

Rep. Susie LeeSuzanne (Susie) Kelley LeeMORE (D-Nev.) contributed to the victory celebrations by tweeting 13 soccer ball emojis.

Some lawmakers, including Espaillat, used the win to call for equal pay, adding that the U.S. women's soccer team should see their pay raised to that of members of the U.S. men's soccer team, which has been comparatively less successful at the World Cup in recent years.


Earlier this year, the women's team sued the United States Soccer Federation, alleging gender discrimination largely tied to difference in pay.

"We hear you! We see you! We support you! Team #USA inspires us and countless young people around the world. You pack stadiums at home and around the world and deserve just as much support and our attention as your male counterparts as well as #EqualPay 100%," Espaillat tweeted.

Sen. Kirsten GillibrandKirsten GillibrandDemocratic senators urge Facebook to take action on anti-Muslim bigotry Social media responds to Harris making history: 'I feel like our ancestors are rejoicing' Ocasio-Cortez says she doesn't plan on 'staying in the House forever' MORE (D-N.Y.), who is running for president in 2020, also joined the calls, tweeting: "Here's an idea: If you win 13-0—the most goals for a single game in World Cup history—you should be paid at least equally to the men's team."

Rep. Susan WildSusan WildDemocratic Women's Caucus members split endorsements for House campaign chief Democratic Rep. Susan Wild wins reelection in Pennsylvania Congress must act to end US military aid to the Philippines MORE (D-Pa.) tweeted that the team had given U.S. soccer authorities 13 reasons to raise their pay following Tuesday's blowout match.

"As if there weren't enough reasons the USWNT deserves #EqualPay, they just gave us 13 more," she wrote. "Congrats to the @USWNT on their first of many wins of #WorldCup2019! I'm behind you in your fight for 1st place and your fight for #EqualPay."