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U.S. senators urge President Trump to support North American bid for 2026 World Cup

Senators put aside their ideological differences for an important issue: a World Cup bid.

U.S. senators are taking measures to ensure the 2026 FIFA World Cup comes to North America.

Forty-four senators on Wednesday signed a bipartisan letter to President Donald Trump asking for his support of a joint World Cup bid with Mexico and Canada. Sen. Mark Warner, D-Va., shared the news of the letter, and he did so with flair.

The Washington Post reported that the senators' request needs to go through Trump in part because the U.S. government would need to guarantee visa-free travel, as well as work-permit and tax exemptions, in order for the event to go smoothly.

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World Cup bids are usually submitted two tournaments in advance during a FIFA conference in the country hosting the current World Cup. In May 2017, FIFA — under pressure from CONCACAF, the body that governs North and Central American soccer — fast-tracked the decision-making process so that bidding could begin in August 2017. Potential host countries must meet technical specifications by March 16 of this year.