The Home has handed a invoice that ensures equal compensation for U.S. ladies competing in worldwide occasions, a bit of laws that got here out of the U.S. ladies’s soccer staff’s lengthy battle to be paid as a lot as the lads.The Equal Pay for Group USA Act, handed late Wednesday, would require all athletes representing america in international competitors to obtain equal pay and advantages of their sport, no matter gender. It covers America’s 50-plus nationwide sports activities and requires the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee to deal with oversight. The invoice had earlier handed the Senate with unanimous assist. It now heads to President Joe Biden’s desk. The invoice stems from a federal gender discrimination lawsuit the U.S. ladies filed towards U.S. Soccer in 2019. Earlier this 12 months, the ladies signed a brand new collective bargaining settlement that included similar pay buildings for women and men and equitable distribution of World Cup prize cash. Over the previous decade, most Olympic sports activities within the U.S. have met USOPC requirements concerning equal compensation. However there remained inequities between the lads’s and ladies’s soccer groups — whose roles in worldwide occasions, such because the World Cup, resulted in unequal pay buildings and completely different oversight — that led legislators to hunt to enshrine these requirements into regulation.“By sending this laws to the President, each homes have despatched a transparent message that that is the usual for all Nationwide Groups in all sports activities and it underscores the significance of working with our athletes to attain equal pay together with equalizing worldwide prize cash,” U.S. Soccer President Cindy Parlow Cone mentioned in a press release saying the invoice’s passage.