The trouble to make Harriet Tubman the face of the $20 word obtained a bipartisan push this week as two senators urged Treasury Secretary Janet L. Yellen to prioritize the deliberate redesign that stalled through the Trump administration.
Senator Jeanne Shaheen, Democrat of New Hampshire, and Senator Ben Sasse, Republican of Nebraska, despatched a letter to Ms. Yellen this week making the case that America’s foreign money ought to replicate the range of the nation. They lamented that the plan put in place by the Obama administration in 2016, to unveil a $20 word design in 2020 with Ms. Tubman’s picture on the entrance, was not carried out by former Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin.
“We hope sincerely that’s now not the case, and encourage the prioritization of Ms. Tubman earlier than engaged on different redesigns,” they wrote. “We stand prepared to supply any assist on your efforts to make sure this towering determine in our nation’s historical past receives the popularity she has deserved for thus lengthy.”
The Biden administration stated final month that Ms. Yellen could be learning methods to hurry up the method of including Harriet Tubman’s portrait to the entrance of the $20 invoice.
“It’s vital that our cash replicate the historical past and variety of our nation,” Jen Psaki, the White Home press secretary, stated.
A Treasury spokeswoman didn’t reply to a request for remark about whether or not the Bureau of Engraving and Printing, which the division oversees, had resumed the redesign that includes Ms. Tubman.
Work on the redesign had began beneath the watch of former President Barack Obama’s Treasury secretary, Jacob Lew, however Mr. Mnuchin stated that enhancing the security measures of the brand new notes took precedence over modifications to the imagery. Mr. Trump had beforehand expressed his disapproval of the thought of changing President Andrew Jackson, a fellow populist, with Ms Tubman, a former slave and abolitionist.
The Superior Counterfeit Deterrence Steering Committee laid out plans in 2013 for the redesign of the $10 and $5 notes to happen earlier than the $20.
Ms. Shaheen and a number of other Home Democrats have been vocal supporters of the initiative to exchange Mr. Jackson with Ms. Tubman because the face of the $20. Few Republican lawmakers have expressed public assist for the change.