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house Bill H.R. 3082

Should $20 Bills Printed After 2022 Feature Harriet Tubman?

Argument in favor

Andrew Jackson’s legacy of slave ownership and driving Native Americans off their land in the Southeast shouldn’t be celebrated on our national currency. Replacing Jackson with Harriet Tubman, a famous female abolitionist, is necessary in order to celebrate the abolitionist legacy.

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08/10/2019
Andrew Jackson was the President that moved native Americans off of their lands, which we know as the Trail of Tears. It’s time to stop honoring him and honor Harriet Tubman, a brave woman.
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08/10/2019
Andrew Jackson was a terrible brutal president who killed off the native population and never deserved to be on the 20 dollar bill. Replace him
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08/10/2019
Currency should feature Harriet Tubman before 2022.
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Argument opposed

According to Treasury Secretary Mnuchin and the Bureau of Engraving and Printing’s spokeswoman, the final design for the Harriet Tubman $20 bill isn’t ready. Therefore, it’s unclear whether this bill’s requirements are practical or could be implemented on time.

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08/10/2019
Democrats are just using this to accuse their opponents of racism.
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08/10/2019
Although Harriet Tubman was a Great Historiical Figure, I believe that the money should feature Important Figures having to do with our Government.
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08/11/2019
Give it a rest, Andrew Jackson is a founding father and we must stay true to our founding members and principals. You can’t erase our past no matter how much you liberals want to. #MAGA
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      house Committees
      Committee on Financial Services
    IntroducedJune 4th, 2019

What is House Bill H.R. 3082?

This bill — the Woman on the Twenty Act of 2019 — would require that $20 bills printed after December 31, 2022 feature Harriet Tubman on the front face of the note. The Harriet Tubman bill would replace the current $20 bill, which features former President Andrew Jackson.

Impact

$20 bill; Treasury Dept; Andrew Jackson; and Harriet Tubman.

Cost of House Bill H.R. 3082

A CBO cost estimate is unavailable.

More Information

In-DepthRep. Joyce Beatty (D-OH) introduced this bill to require a $20 bill printed after 2022 to feature Harriet Tubman rather than President Andrew Jackson, thereby reversing the Treasury Dept.’s recent decision delaying the placement of Tubman on the redesigned $20 bill:

“I strongly oppose the Trump Administration’s unreasonable decision to indefinitely delay the release of the new $20 bill with no real plan of action. Over three years ago, I worked directly with the Department of Treasury to plan the release of the new $20 design featuring Harriet Tubman—coinciding with the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment. The new $20 is desperately needed, as the last new design occurred nearly a century ago and was determined by the American people to better reflect the diversity of our great country. That is why I am proud to reintroduce the Woman on the Twenty Act to ensure that Harriet Tubman finds her rightful place on our nation’s currency.”

Before taking office, President Trump called the decision to put Tuman on the $20 “pure political correctness” and proposed putting her portrait on the much less-common $2 bill instead. Reportedly, former President Andrew Jackson — who is currently on the $20 bill and is known for forcibly relocating Native Americans during his presidency — is one of Trump’s favorite presidents. Early on in his administration, Trump visited Jackson’s grave and subsequently tweeted an image of him at the site with the message, “We honor your memory. We build on your legacy.”

In her book “Unhinged,” former White House adviser Omarosa Manigault Newman wrote that Trump balked at the idea of putting Tubman on the $20 bill. According to her book, he asked her, “You want me to put that face on the $20 bill?

This bill has 22 Democratic cosponsors.


Of NoteSince the first general circulation of paper money in 1877, the U.S. has yet to have a woman featured on its paper currency. In an online poll of one million Americans conducted by Women on 20s, a nonprofit organization, Harriet Tubman was found to be the most popular choice for an updated $20 bill. When the Tubman design for the $20 bill was announced by former Treasury Secretary Jack Lew in 2016 after a 10-month process in which the Treasury Dept. sought public input, then-Secretary Lew said:

“The decision to put Harriet Tubman on the new $20 was driven by thousands of responses we received from Americans young and old. I have been particularly struck by the many comments and reactions from children for whom Harriet Tubman is not just a historical figure, but a role model for leadership and participation in our democracy.”

Rep. Beatty has advocated for having a woman on the U.S. currency for a number of years. In 2015, she introduced the Woman on the Twenty Act (H.R. 2147) to direct the Treasury Secretary to create a citizens’ panel to recommend a woman to be placed on the $20 bill. She also spoke on the House Floor in support of putting Harriet Tubman on the new $20 the same year. In April 2016, Rep. Beatty wrote a letter to then-Treasury Secretary Jack Lew calling on the Treasury Dept. to fast-track the new note and have it in circulation by 2020. Most recently, in 2017, Rep. Beatty wrote Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin to urge him to recommit to the redesign of the $20 featuring Harriet Tubman.

While testifying to the House Financial Services Committee in May 2019, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said the $20 Tubman bill’s planned 2020 rollout had been delayed to 2028. Denying allegations that he’s purposely slowed the process down, Mnuchin said that a review of the bill’s security features is behind the delay. In an email to CNN, Lydia Washington, a spokeswoman for the Bureau of Engraving and Printing said that none of the details of the currency design have been finalized yet, and that the redesign is on schedule but still in the “development stage,” with security features being prioritized. However, former Engraving and Printing Director Larry Rolufs says this is odd, as security features and a bill’s images are usually created simultaneously, and the bill’s preliminary design had been drawn up by the end of 2016.

In response to the $20 Tubman bill’s delay, the Women on 20s campaign, which has been advocating for the Tubman $20, said in a statement that the organization is “not surprised that Secretary Mnuchin may be kicking the design reveal of the $20 bill to sometime beyong the political interference of a Trump presidency.” However, the group added that it hopes Congress will intervene to ensure that the bill is brought into circulation and “at the very least show us a Tubman bill design in time for the centennial of the 19th Amendment in 2020. As we’ve been saying for years, symbols do matter.”


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(Photo Credit: iStockphoto.com / Kameleon007)

AKA

Woman on the Twenty Act of 2019

Official Title

To require $20 notes to include a portrait of Harriet Tubman, and for other purposes.

    Andrew Jackson was the President that moved native Americans off of their lands, which we know as the Trail of Tears. It’s time to stop honoring him and honor Harriet Tubman, a brave woman.
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    Democrats are just using this to accuse their opponents of racism.
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    Andrew Jackson was a terrible brutal president who killed off the native population and never deserved to be on the 20 dollar bill. Replace him
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    Currency should feature Harriet Tubman before 2022.
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    I use the stamp already so... But I’m all in favor of changing the look of the currency. Frankly our money is ugly. Our money is so ugly that it acts as its own anti-counterfeit device. Look at Bermuda’s 2$ bill. It’s beautiful. Look at all of Kazakhstan’s bills. They are gorgeous. Even if we kept the bills green, we could still design them better. But god forbid we embrace change. Not that putting Harriet Tubman on the 20 is especially ground breaking despite the furor. She wouldn’t be the first woman on America’s currency. The Silver certificate from 1886 Features Martha Washington. If you include confederate currency, Tubman isn’t the first African American either. The Confederate $10 from 1862 depicts a slave picking cotton. (The Civil War was about slavery, y’all.) Anyway, our current currency is ugly. It’s a real pity that we didn’t keep up with the design aesthetics of the US silver certificates. That was when our money was really good looking. For example the $5 Silver Certificate from the 1896 Series is spectacular. Ah well. The penny wise pound foolish misers would whine that it was a waste of money to make our currency look good. Those are the same types of people that don’t want the embassies to buy art. 🙄
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    Let’s get rid of the image of a genocidal maniac and replace it with someone who actually worked toward freedom!
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    Although Harriet Tubman was a Great Historiical Figure, I believe that the money should feature Important Figures having to do with our Government.
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    Give it a rest, Andrew Jackson is a founding father and we must stay true to our founding members and principals. You can’t erase our past no matter how much you liberals want to. #MAGA
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    It was approved already but delayed by Mnunchkin for some unclearly specified reason, although it Is certainly consistent the racist proclivities of trump-Barr Inc. So yes, make sure the treasury follows through and does what they were supposed to do in 2020. White Nationalists and the mostly all white Senate won’t like it. So I say, stick it to ‘em. Force the issue.
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    Andrew Jackson was NOT a Founding Father (or mother!). People who think he was show how little Americans know of our own history He is an example of one of our worst historical figures.
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    Andrew Jackson, a loathsome President who was responsible for the deaths of thousands of Native Americans, doesn’t deserve the dignity of being featured on any of our currency! Harriet Tubman, an abolitionist and women’s rights activist, is more than deserving of this honor.
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    It’s important to honor our GOOD history, not glorify the bad. We should learn from our history and allow progress to happen. Harriet Tubman is a good person to put on the $20 bill as she is part of the good. Andrew Jackson represents a lot of bad. Time for us to catch up.
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    Stop wasting our money and payoff the national debt.
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    Its not clear why this change has been held up. But lets get it done.
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    Yes but it would be more appropriate for this change to take place in 2020 because that would be exactly 100 years in which women were granted the right to vote. Andrew Jackson was a racist so I want to see a change on the $20 bill.
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    LOL, yes who can we pander to so they’ll vote for us? That’s the democrat party slogan these days. What a pathetic and desperate joke the democrat party has become.
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    Oh for god sake give it a rest there’s more important things to attend to, you democrats are trying hard to collapse our country
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    Need to leave the $20 bill the way it is
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    I like Andy he an old friend of mine paid my bills number of times
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    NO Andrew Jackson is just fine. If it’s not broke, don’t try to fix it. Take care of Border Security, Immigration and Healthcare
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