Two of the Senate's leading critics of Washington Redskins name and team owner Dan Snyder were quick to take the Senate floor to praise the Patent and Trademark Office's decision to strip the team of its trademarks.
First came Sen. Maria Cantwell, D-Wash., a former chairwoman of the Indian Affairs Committee, who has spearheaded efforts to get the name changed. On the floor, she criticized the Redskins monicker as a slur.
"We're so excited to know that finally people are recognizing that this issue can no longer be a business case for the NFL to use this patent," Cantwell said. "They will not be able to forcefully exclude other people from having derivatives of this logo or the name."