2 local lawmakers are cranking up the heat on Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin, urging him to support putting Harriet Tubman on the $20 bill.
24th District Congressman John Katko sent a letter to Mnuchin Friday in support of the measure, after Mnuchin appeared non-committal during a CNBC interview this week:
Senior senator Chuck Schumer also made a statement backing Tubman on the $20, which was announced by then-Treasury Secretary Jack Lew in April of last year.
Here’s Congressman Katko’s letter to Mnuchin:
Dear Secretary Mnuchin,
I respectfully express my support for memorializing Harriet Tubman’s likeness on the $20 bill. Moving forward with this decision is a fitting tribute to a woman who escaped slavery and devoted her life to advancing the freedom and equality of African Americans and the rights of women.
As you may know, Harriet Tubman resided for many years in Auburn, New York, a city which I am privileged to represent and a community that is proud to celebrate her legacy. The city of Auburn continually looks for ways to preserve her extraordinary life’s work and through the hard work of many local advocates, Harriet Tubman’s home in Auburn was recently designated as a National Historic Park. Last Congress, Representative Elijah Cummings and I introduced legislation that would have required the Treasury to put Harriet Tubman’s likeness on a fiscal note. I was very pleased to see action taken in this regard when former Secretary Lew announced a decision in April 2016.
I invite you to pay a visit to Auburn so that you can fully experience the legacy of Harriet Tubman. Her life has inspired countless individuals and continues to be a beacon of hope and unity for many. It is only fitting that we honor this American hero by memorializing her likeness on the $20 bill. Thank you for consideration in this matter.
Member of Congress
Here’s Senator Schumer’s statement:
“It makes absolutely no sense to halt the already-approved plan to put American hero and Central New York icon Harriet Tubman on the $20 bill. I strongly urge the U.S. Department of Treasury to get back on track and rightfully commemorate Tubman’s life and commitment to the freedom and equality that we cherish as a nation. There is no better way of showing our appreciation for Tubman and her impact on countless lives than putting her name and face on our nation’s currency,” U.S. Senator Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer.