President Biden Reviving Effort To Put Harriet Tubman On $20 Bill


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Trump’s administration had stalled the plans to unveil a bill featuring the famous abolitionist.


President Joe Biden’s administration is reviving a stalled plan to put the American abolitionist Harriet Tubman’s face on the $20 bill, the White House confirmed Monday.

“The Treasury Department is taking steps to resume efforts to put Harriet Tubman on the front of the new $20 notes,” White House press secretary Jen Psaki revealed after a reporter asked about the status of the plans, which Trump’s administration had sidelined.

In 2019, a Capitol Hill staff member places signs before a news conference by House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-M.D.) on then-Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin’s decision to indefinitely delay putting Harriet Tubman on the new $20 bill. – YURI GRIPAS / REUTERS

“It’s important that our notes … reflect the history and diversity of our country, and Harriet Tubman’s image gracing the new $20 note would certainly reflect that,” Psaki said. “So we’re exploring ways to speed up that effort.”

Biden’s treasury secretary nominee, Janet Yellen, who would oversee plans for the Tubman note, advanced in the Senate last week and requires just one more vote to be confirmed. She is slated to be the first woman to hold the job. 

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