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Senate Adopts Plan to Halt Pentagon's 'Paid-for Patriotism' (Updated)

McCain and Flake are teaming up to stop the Pentagon from spending money to honor troops at sporting events. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Updated 6:22 p.m. | A trio of senators, including the chairman of the Armed Services Committee, have won the support of their colleagues to block the Pentagon from spending taxpayer dollars to honor troops at sporting events.  

The proposal would bar the use of federal contracts to have members of the armed services honored at sporting events. The practice came to light when Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., highlighted an agreement between the NFL's New York Jets and the New Jersey National Guard.  

Senator Presses NFL on Domestic Violence Ahead of Super Bowl

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Sen. Richard Blumenthal isn't convinced the National Football League is doing everything possible to address domestic violence.  

The Connecticut Democrat is particularly skeptical of the way the NFL plans to allocate $25 million over five years to back groups that fight domestic violence. Some of that money will come in the form of "promotional support" to entities such as the National Domestic Violence Hotline, according to a letter to Blumenthal and Sen. Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii, from Commissioner Roger Goodell.  

Goodell Responds to Boxer, Says NFL Will Not Tolerate Domestic Violence

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The National Football League has responded to one of its foremost critics in the Senate, and this time she's optimistic about what Commissioner Roger Goodell had to say.  

Sen. Barbara Boxer on Thursday released two separate letters dated this month from Goodell and Cynthia Hogan, the new NFL senior vice president for public policy and government affairs, praising each. Boxer had initially led a letter to Goodell from a group of a total of female 16 senators seeking the league to enact a policy of zero tolerance for incidents of domestic violence. She followed up directly with Hogan in subsequent correspondence.  

Senators Laud FCC Rollback of Sports Blackout Rule

Booker, who played football in college, applauded the FCC's rule change vote. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Senators on Tuesday lauded the Federal Communications Commission's move to do away with the rule that, in effect, keeps National Football League games that don't sell out off the air in hometown markets.  

Sen. Cory Booker, who played tight end in college at Stanford University, was among the lawmakers thanking the FCC for taking the action on a unanimous vote .  

Barbara Boxer Blasts NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell's News Conference in New Letter (Video)

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Sen. Barbara Boxer is making a personal appeal to the new National Football League executive in charge of government affairs, calling for more action to address domestic violence.  

In the letter, the California Democrat notes past work by Cynthia Hogan, the NFL's new senior vice president of public policy and government affairs and previous senior aide to Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr., but it's sharply critical of Hogan's new boss, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell.  

Blumenthal Floats Changes to NFL Antitrust Exemption (Video)

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A Senate Democrat is floating a proposal that could increase the government's leverage over the activities of professional sports leagues like the NFL.  

Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., said Wednesday that he's planning legislation to impose a sunset on the antitrust exemptions enjoyed by the National Football League and the other pro sports. The former Connecticut attorney general called the response of the NFL to the domestic violence incident involving now-former Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice something "right out of the 1950s, out of an episode of 'Madmen.'"  

Female Senators Write Letter to Goodell, Want NFL to Adopt 'Zero-Tolerance' Policy

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A group of 16 female senators, including Maryland Democrat Barbara A. Mikulski, have written a scathing letter to Roger Goodell about the National Football League's handling of violence against women.  

The letter comes after reporting by The Associated Press that the NFL was sent graphic elevator video of now-former Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice knocking out his then-fiancée Janay Rice.  

Blumenthal Pushes Goodell to Revisit Ray Rice Punishment

Rice received a two-game ban from the NFL. (Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., is joining the calls for the National Football League to impose stiffer punishment on Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice.  

"The video released today emphasizes how egregiously weak and wrong the initial penalty against Ray Rice was — as the Commissioner has acknowledged — and it constitutes new, powerful evidence that requires the Commissioner to reconsider and reach a stronger punishment," Blumenthal said.  

Reid Won't Attend Anymore Redskins Home Games

Reid says he will never attend another Redskins home game. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has no interest in attending a Washington Redskins game until the football team changes its name.  

The Nevada Democrat said that in a letter dated June 12 to Redskins team President Bruce Allen. Reid was responding to an earlier invitation by Allen for Reid to attend a home game at FedExField.  

Senators Again Push FCC to End NFL Blackouts

Blumenthal wants the FCC to end NFL blackouts. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Two senators are pressing the Federal Communications Commission to quickly bring an end to blackouts of National Football League games and other sporting events on local TV stations.  

Sens. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., and John McCain, R-Ariz., are keeping up their push on the matter, since the comment period for a proposed rule ran out in March.