The effort to place a woman on U.S. paper currency was brought back
into the spotlight Jan. 21 with the introduction of Senate Resolution
348 by Sen. James Lankford, R-Okla., titled “A resolution supporting
efforts to place a woman on the currency of the United States.”
Following standard procedure, the resolution was referred to the
Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs, which will
consider it before sending it to the Senate floor for consideration.
The website govtrack.us gives the measure an 84 percent chance of
being agreed to.
As shown by the words “supporting efforts” in the resolution’s
title, the exercise is more symbolic than practical since, unlike coin
design, which requires congressional approval, paper money is usually
under the purview of the secretary of the Treasury, who has the
authority for final approval and who collaborates with officials of
the Bureau of Engraving and Printing.
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