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Fifty senators urge for Redskins to change name

Wrote letter to Dan Snyder. Jason Butt

Print This May 22, 2014, 02:21 PM EST

In today's climate of political gridlock, it's tough to find a handful of politicians that agree on a certain issue.

But when it comes to the Washington Redskins' mascot, 50 U.S. Senators — half of the legislative body — have signed a letter written to owner Dan Snyder, urging him to change the team's name.

Accordint to the New York Times, the letter reads, "The N.F.L can no longer ignore this and perpetuate the use of this name as anything but what it is: a racial slur. We urge the N.F.L. to formally support a name change for the Washington football team.”

Sen. Harry Reid (D-Nev.) began asking for the Redskins to change their team name earlier this year. In a March interview with The Washington Post, Reid laughed at Snyder's new Washington Redskins Original Americans Foundation.

“Dan Snyder, he’s got a great new deal,” Reid told the newspaper. “He’s going to throw a few blankets to the Indians and get a tax deduction for it. I can’t imagine why the man doesn’t realize that the name is going to change. It’s only a question of when it’s going to change. That’s the only question.”

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