It took the Treasury Department six weeks to respond to a simple
request from Senator Jeanne Shaheen, D-N.H., about plans to put the
image of abolitionist Harriet Tubman on the $20 bill.
The New York Times reported in its June 6 issue that the
Treasury’s response to the senator was essentially nonresponsive.
The Times says that according to a letter sent to Sen.
Shaheen by the assistant secretary for legislative affairs, Drew
Maloney, “The redesign of the next currency series is still in the
early stages, and neither the final designs nor all features have been
finalized for the new notes. For this reason, the department is unable
to provide additional information regarding the potential designs at
this time.” He further indicated that at least 10 more years will go
by before a new $20 note is issued.
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When then Treasury Secretary Jack Lew announced the redesign plans
in 2016, he was using a schedule based on what the Bureau of Engraving
and Printing said was possible. That schedule indicated the first of
redesigned $5, $10, and $20 bills would be ready by 2020 (probably the
$10). Furthermore, in 2016, the BEP anticipated releasing the designs
for all three notes in 2020 in conjunction with the 100th anniversary
of the 19th Amendment, which granted women the right to vote.
A BEP spokesperson told the Times in the June 6 story that the
agency had received no further guidance from Treasury since what was
originally given by Secretary Lew.
Sen. Shaheen is not pleased. She told the paper “I am severely
disappointed by the Trump administration’s failure to prioritize the
redesign of the $20 bill to honor Harriet Tubman, and other
trailblazing women and civil rights leaders. Now that plan has been
shelved without notice or reason. I’ll continue to press the Treasury
Department to expedite the redesign of the $20 bill and keep its
promise to the American people.”
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