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Legislation to put Harriet Tubman on U.S. currency supported by Katko

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Sponsors of a bill to put Harriet Tubman's face on U.S. currency say they're getting a lot of support. Rep. John Katko (R-Camillus) is one of the seven original representatives who introduced the bill in Congress earlier this month, noting that it has been a true bipartisan piece of legislation.

"We've already got co-sponsors from the entire spectrum in the congress. Democrats, Republicans, males, females, African Americans, everything," Katko says. "It's a great cross-section of support for it and there seems to be a lot of excitement about it."

This comes in the wake of a similar push by the group Women On 20s. Their mission -- to replace Andrew Jackson on the $20 bill by 2020.

Katko says this legislation is slightly different. It wouldn't limit Tubman to the $20 bill. It would let the U.S. Department of the Treasury decide which bill to put Tubman's likeness on by the year 2017.

Tubman, the well-known abolitionist who lived out her final days in Auburn, New York, beat out former First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt in Women On 20s online poll asking which famed woman should be on U.S. currency.

Lawmakers voted last December to establish the Harriet Tubman National Historical Parks at her homes in Auburn and Maryland.

Ellen produces news reports and features related to events that occur in the greater Syracuse area and throughout Onondaga County. Her reports are heard regularly in regional updates in Morning Edition and All Things Considered.