Trump Administration Says Harriet Tubman $20 Bill Redesign Will Be Delayed

Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin said the redesign won't happen for years.

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Harriet Tubman

The redesigned $20 bill featuring Harriet Tubman will not be unveiled in 2020, as originally planned.

Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin announced the news during a House Financial Services Committee hearing Wednesday, saying the updated $20 bill is unlikely to roll out under the Trump administration

"The primary reason we've looked at redesigning the currency is for counterfeiting issues," Mnuchin said. "Based upon this, the $20 bill will now not come out until 2028. The $10 bill and the $50 bill will come out with new features beforehand. So, the answer is: It is my responsibility now to focus on what is the issue of counterfeiting and the security features. The ultimate decision on the redesign will most likely be another secretary's down the road."

Rep. Ayanna Pressley (D-MA) then asked Mnuchin if he supported Tubman being on the $20 bill. He responded: "I’ve made no decision as it relates to that."

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The redesign was announced in April 2016, after the Obama administration received public input about which woman deserved a spot on U.S. currency. Former Treasury Secretary Jack Lew confirmed the 19th century abolitionist would be featured on the front side of the $20 bill, while President Andrew Jackson would be seen on the back. The new version was scheduled to be unveiled in 2020 to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment, which granted women the right to vote.

During the 2016 presidential race, Trump denounced the $20 redesign and suggested Tubman be placed on the $2 bill instead.

"I don’t like seeing it. Yes, I think it’s pure political correctness," he said during a town hall event on the TODAY show. "[Jackson has] been on the bill for many, many years, and, you know, really represented somebody that really was very important to this country. I would love to see another denomination, and that could take place. I think—I think it would be more appropriate."

Read reactions to the delayed $20 bill redesign below.

They're out here trying to erase Harriet Tubman but fighting for Robert E Lee statues. We see you.

— Wajahat Ali (@WajahatAli) May 22, 2019

“Delayed due to redesign”! There are very few people more worthy of praise when it comes to sacrificing all they have for the love of people. Harriet Tubman should be canonized!!

— The Professor (@abrontoure) May 22, 2019

The white supremacists running this country are not about to put Harriet Tubman on the $20 bill to have y'all contemplating racism and resistance every time y'all go to the ATM. Y'all gonna get that good ol' agent of genocide Andrew Jackson

— Bree Newsome Bass (@BreeNewsome) May 22, 2019

The Trump Administration delayed placing "Harriet Tubman" on the $20 bill and is leaving Andrew Jackson on the currency until 2028.. Tubman liberated African American slaves. Andrew Jackson unrepentantly owned them.... Yeah that's totes American values in this day and age.

— Catherine Adel West (@cawest329) May 22, 2019

What you mean Harriet Tubman $20 bill wont be released in 2020

— DKT (@darleneturner53) May 22, 2019

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