Sen. Jeanne Shaheen introduced the bill Tuesday. She wants to a panel of citizens to suggest a woman in history for the honor.
The nonprofit Women On 20s has been campaigning to replace Andrew Jackson with a woman on the $20 bill by 2020. Now Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, a Democrat from New Hampshire, has also introduced legislation with the same goal.
The measure introduced Tuesday, which will first go to the Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs Committee, calls for the Secretary of the Treasury to convene a panel of citizens.
They would make recommendations to the Treasury about featuring a woman on the $20 bill.
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So far, nearly a quarter million people have cast votes on the nonprofit's website in the final round for who they will nominate for the bill: Harriet Tubman, Eleanor Roosevelt, Rosa Parks, or Wilma Mankiller.
Shaheen doesn't have a particular woman in mind, Nickel said. Asking a panel to decide is a method that has precedent in the 1920s, the last time the Treasury chose new portraits for U.S. currency.
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Women On 20s will still accept votes as a separate initiative from Shaheen's and keep working toward their ultimate goal of sending a petition to the White House for consideration.
Changing currency does not require congressional approval, but Women On 20s is still glad to hear their mission keeps spreading.
"We were very pleased to have Sen. Shaheen's support because we know the White House would probably like to know that Congress is behind this," Women On 20s executive director Susan Ades Stone told BuzzFeed News.
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