House won’t vote to take Harriet Tubman off the $20 bill

Harriet Tubman

By PETE KASPEROWICZ  /  Washington Examiner

Right Thing To Do / Wrong Approach

The House Rules Committee on Tuesday rejected a proposal from Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa, to block the Treasury Department from replacing President Andrew Jackson with women’s suffrage hero Harriet Tubman.

King had proposed a late amendment to the Treasury Department spending bill to prevent officials from moving ahead with their plans.

One report said King wasn’t so much opposing Tubman, but an effort to “keep what we have.”

“It’s not about Harriet Tubman, no, it’s about keeping the picture on the 20,” King told Omaha.com. “Why would you want to change that?”

But his proposal drew immediate criticism from Democrats, who took to mocking it on Twitter.

The Rules Committee, which decides which amendments will get a vote and which won’t, decided Tuesday evening that King’s amendment wouldn’t be made in order after all.

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