Female senators invite US women's soccer team to visit Capitol

Female senators invite US women's soccer team to visit Capitol
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All 25 female senators signed a letter inviting the U.S. women's soccer team to visit the Capitol after their historic World Cup victory on Sunday.

"We believe on a bipartisan basis that your model of unity, diversity, and passion should be something that is consistently celebrated and emulated," reads the letter spearheaded by Sen. Jeanne ShaheenCynthia (Jeanne) Jeanne ShaheenTop Democrat calls Trump's Afghan drawdown 'the right policy decision' as others warn of 'mistake' Overnight Defense: How members of the Armed Services committees fared in Tuesday's elections | Military ballots among those uncounted in too-close-to-call presidential race | Ninth US service member killed by COVID-19 Biden wins New Hampshire MORE (D-N.H.).

"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," it continues.


Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiPressure builds for coronavirus relief with no clear path to deal Top GOP senator warns government funding deal unlikely this week Houston will send residents checks of up to ,200 for pandemic relief MORE (D-Calif.) and Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerChuck SchumerMcConnell: COVID-19 relief will be added to omnibus spending package Overnight Health Care: Moderna to apply for emergency use authorization for COVID-19 vaccine candidate | Hospitals brace for COVID-19 surge | US more than doubles highest number of monthly COVID-19 cases The five biggest challenges facing President-elect Biden MORE (D-N.Y.) on Monday invited the team for a visit.

Lawmakers and businesses in Washington, D.C., have also extended celebratory invites for the team after star Megan Rapinoe said she's "not going to the f---ing White House."

Co-captain Alex Morgan said last week it would be a team decision.

The team visited the White House in 2015 after their last World Cup win when former President Obama extended an invite.

The group was celebrated with a parade in New York City on Wednesday, using their gender discrimination lawsuit as confetti during the festivities.

On the heels of their latest championship victory, the team has again put a spotlight on the pay discrepancy compared to their male counterparts.