Rep. Jackie Speier (D-Calif.) explains that Committee on Oversight and Government Reform chair Darrell Issa and ranking member Elijah Cummings have agreed to hold a hearing on the NFL at her request.
In a press release, Speier says that the committee will investigate not only the Ray Rice domestic violence situation but also “the League’s tolerance of performance enhancing drugs, the impact of traumatic brain injury on players later in life, and the tax-exempt status the NFL enjoys thanks to a loophole congress created in the ‘60s.”
The government’s involvement doesn’t end there. A bipartisan group of 16 female senators has sent a letter to NFL commissioner Roger Goodell Thursday asking for the NFL to adopt a zero-tolerance policy against domestic violence.
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Update: Becca Watkins, Communications Director for House Oversight Committee Chairman Issa, clarified that Rep. Issa has not agreed to a hearing:
“Chairman Issa had separate conversations today with both Rep. Speier and Ranking Member Cummings about potential pathways for continuing the committee’s oversight of ongoing issues in the National Football League. Reports of a decision or agreement to hold a hearing are inaccurate.”