By Dan Sullivan
The Redskins are a woeful 3-12 going into Sunday’s game with the Giants.
And they’re doing just as badly off the field.
The Post reported that an effort to insert language into a massive federal spending bill to clear the way for the Redskins to build a new football stadium on the RFK Stadium site failed for the second straight year.
The latest setback in Congress means the organization has even less time to secure land and complete the building of a new stadium before the team’s current lease at FedEx Field expires after the 2026 season.
The measure would have altered the lease agreement between the District and the federal government which would have allowed for further commercial development on the RFK Stadium site, which is seen as a prerequisite to building a new stadium on the 190-acre piece of land.
The RFK site is owned by the National Park Service and leased to the city until 2038, with restrictions on its use for sports, recreation, and entertainment. District Mayor Muriel Bowser and the Redskins have pushed for a new stadium to be the anchor of a larger complex with retail, restaurants, and affordable housing.
“We’ve always believed we have the best location,” Bowser said in Feb. 2019. “We think RFK is the most suitable site for not just for a stadium but a whole mix of uses and that’s been our approach with the National Park Service — that the District has to extend its control of the RFK site as well as be able to do more than sports and entertainment uses.”
Redskins owner Daniel Snyder and team president Bruce Allen, who has long been tasked with finding the Redskins a new home, were working with local and federal officials in Dec. 2018 to add a provision into a spending bill, but failed to get the measure inserted into a bill during the last days’ of the Republican-controlled Congress’ session.
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