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Shaheen to Obama: Put a Woman on the $20 Bill

By JM Rieger and Steven T. Dennis

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There’s one executive action President Barack Obama could take that appears to be gaining momentum — putting a woman on the $20 bill. On Thursday, eight Democratic senators led by Jeanne Shaheen of New Hampshire wrote to Obama to get on with it, and not wait for Congress to act on bills led in the Senate by Shaheen and in the House by Rep. Luis V. Gutierrez, D-Ill. “It is fully within the administration’s powers to convene such a panel without congressional direction and we encourage you to do so as soon as possible. Establishing this panel would get this process underway and allow for appropriate public input, including from the recent online polling results.” An online poll from the group Women on 20s gathered 600,000 votes, with Harriet Tubman as the top choice.

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