Cropp: We’ll fix our own cap

Today’s showdown day for the Washington Nationals lease proposal, and what would it be without a last-minute surprise from council chair Linda Cropp? Last night Cropp announced that she’d be introducing emergency legislation to cap stadium construction costs at $320 million, and possibly to cap the entire project cost at between $589 million and $630 million, after council consultants said Mayor Anthony Williams’ cap plan contained loopholes.

As it would take a 9-4 council supermajority to pass emergency legislation, there’s a decent chance that neither Cropp’s cap and Williams’ lease will pass the council at today’s meeting – and probably an even better chance that Cropp or Williams will just pull the issue from the agenda yet again to round up more support. If the hearing is televised as usual, you should be able to watch from home here.

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