Congressman wants to block $20 Tubman

This is an archived article and the information in the article may be outdated. Please look at the time stamp on the story to see when it was last updated.

Harriet Tubman should be the first woman on the $20 bill, according to a new online poll. The survey was conducted by the advocacy group Women on 20s, which is pushing to have a woman's face on U.S. paper currency.

WASHINGTON (CNN) — An Iowa congressman has proposed legislation that would block Harriet Tubman from replacing President Andrew Jackson on the $20 bill.

Republican Rep. Steve King introduced an amendment to bar the Treasury Department from spending any funds to redesign paper money or coin currency.

If the amendment is enacted, it would nullify the Treasury Department’s plans to replace the current image of Jackson on the $20 bill with a portrait of Tubman, one of the most prominent abolitionists for her work in the Underground Railroad during the Civil War. She would become the first black woman ever to appear on a U.S. banknote.

King’s reason for introducing the amendment was not immediately clear, and his office did not immediately respond to a CNN request for comment.

According to The Huffington Post, which first reported the story, the Iowa Republican is hoping to attach his legislation to another bill that will authorize the Treasury Department’s funding.

The Treasury Department announced in April that it would switch out Jackson for Tubman on the $20 bill.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

1 Comment

  • NO PC FOR ME

    Tubman was a tenacious women, and a strong supporter of the second amendment
    They should put her on the 20. She had more sand than most politicians