Youngblood: 'What are we waiting for? Now is the time to put Tubman on the $20 bill.'

HARRISBURG, June 26 – Rep. Rosita C. Youngblood is calling on President Donald Trump, Congress, and the U.S. Treasury to stop stalling and act now to put Harriet Tubman on the $20 bill.

“More than four years ago, the American people were asked who they wanted to see on the $20 bill,” Youngblood said. “Overwhelmingly, they chose American heroine Harriet Tubman. What are we waiting for? Now is the time to put Harriet Tubman on the $20 bill.”

The current administration has delayed the process to put Tubman on the $20 currency, apparently for no good reason, according to Youngblood. Her H.R. 433 would urge U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, along with Trump and Congress to continue with the original plan to place Tubman on the redesigned $20 bill by 2020.

In June 2015, then-U.S. Treasury Secretary Jacob J. Lew announced a redesign of the $10 bill, and called on the American people to nominate someone worthy of the honor of being placed on that currency. In an open letter Lew penned less than a year later, he credited a powerful response from more than one million Americans for his decision to direct the Bureau of Engraving and Printing to accelerate plans for the redesign of not just the $10 bill, but also the $5 and $20 bills.

It was then that Lew announced Tubman would be placed on the $20 bill. He said final concepts for those redesigns would be unveiled in 2020, to coincide with the 100th anniversary of the passage of the 19th Amendment, guaranteeing and protecting women’s right to vote.

But last month, Mnuchin said that security features have forced a delay in the redesign featuring Tubman, despite work on the new $20 bill having started before Trump took office.

Just last week, U.S. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer called for an investigation into the delay, to ensure politics are not behind the decision.

“Let’s send a message to the Treasury secretary that the American people should not be ignored,” Youngblood said. “It’s time to honor Tubman, who freed herself from slavery, helped hundreds of other slaves escape slavery, and became a champion in the women’s suffrage movement.”