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Lawmakers rip Redskins owner, predict team will change name

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In an interview with The Hill, Rep. Betty McCollum (D-Minn.) and Dels. Eni Faleomavaega (D-American Samoa) and Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-D.C.) described their efforts aimed at changing the team's name.

McCollum called it a "slur" and said Snyder is "in denial." Faleomavaega said the National Football League should intervene and Holmes Norton expressed confidence that Snyder's hand will be forced, citing trademark law.

President Obama recently said that if he were the owner of the team, he would consider changing the name.

Earlier this year, 10 legislators sent a letter to Snyder to change the name. Snyder has not responded to the letter.

Snyder has pushed back, telling USA Today that he would "never change the name ... NEVER — you can use caps."

Last week, Snyder adopted a more diplomatic tone in a letter to Redskins fans.

McCollum is co-chairwoman of the Congressional Native American Caucus. Rep. Tom Cole (R-Okla.), the other co-chairman, has also called on the team to change its name. 

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