44 U.S. senators sign bipartisan letter asking for Trump's support to host 2026 World Cup

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At least nearly half of the Senate wants to see the United States host the 2026 World Cup.

On Wednesday, 44 senators signed a bipartisan letter to President Trump asking for his support in bringing the World Cup back to the U.S. for the first time since 1994.

Included in the United 2026 bid to host the future World Cup along with the U.S. are Canada and Mexico.

"As one of three host nations, the United States would have the opportunity to deepen the relationship between our citizens and the extended global soccer community," the letter reads. "It would build on a successful legacy for our three nations, which together have hosted 13 FIFA-sponsored tournaments."

The senators’ letter to Trump is necessary in part because the U.S. government would need to guarantee visa-free travel, along with work permit and tax exemptions as hosts for the tournament.

World Cup bids are usually submitted and subsequently accepted several years before the event is to take place. Bidders for the 2026 World Cup must meet a list of FIFA’s technical specifications by March 16.

Under the current plan, the U.S. would host 60 games, including all matches from the quarterfinals to the final. Canada and Mexico would each host 10 games.

Maryland Sen. Chris Van Hollen, a Democrat, along with Sen. Roy Blunt, a Republican from Missouri, led the bipartisan letter.

Among the others who signed the letter are both of Virginia’s Democratic senators, Mark Warner and Tim Kaine. Others who signed the letter include John McCain (R-Ariz.), Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), Kamala Harris (D-Calif.), Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), Susan Collins (R-Maine), Cory Booker (D-N.J.), Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.), Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) and Orrin Hatch (R-Utah).

If the United 2026 bid does win, it would be the first time a World Cup is hosted by three countries. The U.S. served as solo hosts in 1994, and Mexico hosted it in both 1970 and 1986.

Currently, Morocco is the only competing bid for the 2026 World Cup.

Host nations automatically qualify for the World Cup, meaning the U.S., Canada and Mexico would all be guaranteed to participate in the 2026 World Cup if their bid wins.

Washington and Baltimore are among the cities still under consideration in the bid to serve as World Cup host cities.

Full list of senators to sign the letter (26 Democrats, 17 Republicans, 1 independent):

Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), Roy Blunt (R-Mo.), John McCain (R-Ariz), Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), Kamala Harris (D-Calif.). Michael Bennet (D-Colo.), Cory Gardner (R-Colo.), Christopher Coons (D-Del.), Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), Johnny Isakson (R-Ga.), Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.), Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), Jerry Moran (R-Kan.), Ed Markey (D-Mass.), Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), Susan Collins (R-Maine), Angus King (I-Maine), Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.), Gary Peters (D-Mich.), Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.), Tina Smith (D-Minn.), Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.), Roger Wicker (R-Miss.), Richard Burr (R-N.C.), Thom Tillis (R-N.C.), Heidi Heitkamp (D-N.D.), John Hoeven (R-N.D.), Cory Booker (D-N.J.), Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Catherine Cortez Masto (D-N.M.), Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.), Dean Heller (R-Nev.), Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.), Bob Casey (D-Pa.), Pat Toomey (R-Pa.), Jack Reed (D-R.I.), Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.), Mike Lee (R-Utah), Orrin Hatch (R-Utah), Tim Kaine (D-Va.), Mark Warner (D-Va.), and Patty Murray (D-Wash.)

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