Congressman Moves to Block Harriet Tubman’s Placement on $20 Bill

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Representative Steve King, Republican of Iowa, in 2014. He has filed an amendment that would forestall any income from being spent to redesign American currency.

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WASHINGTON — Representative Steve King, Republican of Iowa, altered on Tuesday to retard a Treasury Department’s unconditional devise to paint women and polite rights leaders on American currency, including a chain of Harriet Tubman on a $20 bill.

Mr. King filed an amendment to an annual appropriations check that would forestall any income from being spent to redesign American currency. It is misleading either it will eventually get a opinion when a full spending bill, that covers financial services and ubiquitous supervision appropriations, comes before a House this week.

The congressman’s proclivity for filing a amendment was also unclear. His bureau did not immediately respond to a ask for comment.

Mr. King is famous nationally for his polarizing position on bootleg immigration. He has introduced legislation to devaluate legacy citizenship for a children of undocumented immigrants. In 2013, Mr. King drew madness for observant that such children were expected to be drug mules with “calves a distance of cantaloupes” from hauling marijuana.

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His brief two-line banking magnitude comes dual months after a Treasury Department announced that Tubman, a former worker and abolitionist, would reinstate a slaveholding Andrew Jackson on a $20 bill.

That preference capped months of heated discuss over Treasury Secretary Jacob J. Lew’s strange guarantee to make a lady a face of a $10 check — a change that would have replaced a initial Treasury secretary, Alexander Hamilton, only as he is carrying his possess second act as a protagonist of a Tony Award-winning musical.

The Treasury Department’s latest offer also includes skeleton to supplement other women and polite rights leaders to a $5 and $10 notes, including Eleanor Roosevelt and a Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

It is probable that a congressman’s amendment will not even be combined to a spending bill. After a sour quarrel final month over a Democratic amendment on taste opposite happy people effectively derailed an appetite and H2O spending bill, Republican leaders altered procedures so that all due amendments contingency initial be reviewed by a House Rules Committee.

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