House Blocks Iowa Rep.'s Amendment to Keep Harriet Tubman Off $20 Bill

Harriet Tubman (Wikimedia Commons)
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.

"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."

Read more at Talking Points Memo and Politico