Senate Majority Leader Harry ReidHarry ReidBill O'Reilly: Politics helped kill Kate Steinle, Zarate just pulled the trigger Tax reform is nightmare Déjà vu for Puerto Rico Ex-Obama and Reid staffers: McConnell would pretend to be busy to avoid meeting with Obama MORE (D-Nev.) signed on to legislation Thursday that would remove the nonprofit status of the NFL for promoting the Washington Redskins. 

Sen. Maria CantwellMaria Elaine CantwellAvalanche of Democratic senators say Franken should resign Week ahead: Trump expected to shrink two national monuments Live coverage: Senate Republicans pass tax bill MORE (D-Wash.) announced the legislation earlier this week. 

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Reid's voice adds another powerful name to the push to pressure the NFL to force the team to change its name, which many call disparaging to Native Americans. Sen. Tim JohnsonTim JohnsonCourt ruling could be game changer for Dems in Nevada Bank lobbyists counting down to Shelby’s exit Former GOP senator endorses Clinton after Orlando shooting MORE (D-S.D.) also signed on. 

"I wish Roger Goodell and the NFL’s leadership team would take a stand,” Reid said in a statement. “As the past few weeks have illustrated, the problems within the NFL are far and wide. Today we are taking action and I gladly stand with Senator Cantwell in calling for the end of NFL’s not-for-profit status.”

Reid and Cantwell spearheaded a letter earlier this year signed by 50 senators that urged Goodell to force a name change for the Redskins. 

Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.) introduced a broader bill on Tuesday that would strip the nonprofit status of most professional sports leagues and would use the extra revenue to fund domestic violence outreach.  

The NFL is facing criticism on multiple fronts in Congress for its handling of the punishment given to former Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice, who was suspended indefinitely after video leaked this month showing him punching his now-wife unconscious in February. 

Cantwell's proposal is narrowly tailored to only penalized the NFL, not other professional sports leagues. The legislation would remove the nonprofit status of any professional sports league that promotes or is connected with "the use of the term ‘redskins.’"

The NFL avoids tax liabilities by qualifying as a business league under a section of the tax code that also covers trade organizations, real estate boards and chambers of commerce. 

— Updated 11:23 a.m.