Katko, Cummings Reintroduce Bipartisan Legislation to Place Harriet Tubman on $20 Bill

September 8, 2017
Press Release

Washington, D.C. (September 8, 2017) – Today, U.S. Representatives Elijah E. Cummings (MD-07) and John Katko (NY-24) renewed their bipartisan effort to honor the life of Harriet Tubman—introducing The Harriet Tubman Tribute Act, which would require the Secretary of the Treasury to place Harriet Tubman’s likeness on the $20 bill beginning in 2020.  Cummings and Katko introduced similar legislation in June 2015.

“Too often, our nation does not do enough to honor the contributions of women in American history, especially women of color,” Cummings said.  “Harriet Tubman was called the Moses of her people, because after she escaped slavery, she courageously made 19 trips to the South to free more than 300 enslaved African Americans.  Her courage, conviction and commitment to equality represent the best of America and it is long past time we recognize her place in history.  I am proud to introduce this bill with Rep. Katko to honor Harriet Tubman’s role in making America a more free and more equal society.” 

“Harriet Tubman is a hero who bravely led countless Americans to freedom and opportunity, courageously fought for her country, and was an outspoken advocate for women’s suffrage.  With the Harriet Tubman Home in Auburn now a National Historic Park, Central New Yorkers are proud to honor her legacy and rich history in our community,” said Rep. John Katko.  “Last week, I called on the Treasury Secretary to move forward with memorializing Harriet Tubman’s likeness on the $20 bill, and today I’m proud to once again introduce legislation with Rep. Cummings to honor the life of Harriet Tubman and her incredible contributions to this great nation.”