Harriet Tubman (Wikimedia Commons)

Harriet Tubman will still be appearing on the $20 bill, despite an Iowa representative's best efforts to stop the Treasury Department from redesigning the currency.

On Tuesday the House Rules Committee blocked an amendment by Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) that would have stopped the rollout of the new currency, Talking Points Memo reports.

The amendment, King argued, was not meant to slight the abolitionist but, rather, to preserve history.

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"It's not about Harriet Tubman, it's about keeping the picture on the $20," King told Politico. "Y'know? Why would you want to change that? I am a conservative; I like to keep what we have."

King told Politico that it is "racist" and "sexist" to say that a woman or a person of color should be on U.S. currency.

"Here's what's really happening: This is liberal activism on the part of the president that's trying to identify people by categories, and he's divided us on the lines of groups. … This is a divisive proposal on the part of the president, and mine's unifying. It says just don't change anything."

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Read more at Talking Points Memo and Politico