Iowa lawmaker attempts to block Tubman from $20 bill

Rep. Steve King, the conservative lawmaker from Iowa’s fourth congressional district, attempted to block the redesign of the $20 bill this week, but was rebuffed. In April, the U.S. Treasury Department announced it would place abolitionist Harriet Tubman on the front of the bill and move Andrew Jackson, the country’s seventh president and a slave owner, to the back of the bill.

King said the inclusion of the black woman was “racist” and “sexist.”

“This is a divisive proposal on the part of the president, and mine’s unifying. It says just don’t change anything,” he said. “I am a conservative, I like to keep what we have.”

King’s amendment was rejected by the House Rules Committee on Tuesday.

Woodcut from 1869 -- artist unknown
Woodcut from 1869 — artist unknown

Tubman’s efforts in leading others out of bondage earned her the nickname “Moses” from abolitionist William Lloyd Garrison.

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