Cummings, Katko Respond to the Administration’s Delay of the Redesign of the $20

May 22, 2019
Press Release

Washington, DC (May 22, 2019)-- Congressman Elijah E. Cummings (D-MD) and Congressman John Katko (R-NY), authors of the Harriet Tubman Tribute Act in the House of Representatives, issued the following release in response to U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin’s announcement that the $20 bill redesign featuring Harriet Tubman will not meet the 2020 deadline, and will be delayed until 2028:


“During her life, Harriet Tubman fought to make the values enshrined in our Constitution a reality for all Americans—and it is far past time that we recognize her place in history.  The Administration’s decision to drag their feet and delay the redesign of the $20 until 2028 is unacceptable.  I urge my colleagues in the Congress to ensure the Administration cannot continue with their delaying tactics by passing the Harriet Tubman Tribute Act to make it clear in statute that the redesign of the $20 must honor Harriet Tubman by the end of 2020,” said Congressman Cummings.  “Our currency must reflect the important role women, and especially women of color, have played in our nation’s history.”


“I am disappointed at the Administration’s decision to delay the memorialization of Harriet Tubman on the $20 bill,” said Congressman Katko.  “Our nation is currently honoring the 100th anniversary of women’s suffrage, a movement Harriet Tubman was very active in.  This inaction is a missed opportunity to celebrate the achievements of a remarkable woman who dedicated her life to fighting for equality.  I hope the Administration reconsiders this decision.  In the meantime, I encourage my colleagues to support the Harriet Tubman Tribute Act, legislation to ensure Harriet Tubman is included on the $20 bill by 2020.”


Congressmen Cummings and Katko have introduced the Harriet Tubman Tribute Act in 2015, 2017, and most recently in February.  The bill, as currently written, directs the Secretary of the Treasury to place the likeness of Harriet Tubman on $20 Federal Reserve notes printed after December 31, 2020.