Mnuchin delayed Harriet Tubman $20 invoice regardless of design progress: Report
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Mnuchin delayed releasing the brand new invoice out of issues that President Donald Trump would create extra controversy by canceling the invoice, the Occasions reported, citing present and former division staff who declined to be named.
Mnuchin, in an announcement launched Friday, disputed the notion that the invoice’s launch was being held up and stated that the timetable “has not been modified.”
“As Secretary, my first duty is to make sure all safety and anti-counterfeiting measures are correctly taken in accordance with [the Bureau of Engraving and Printing’s] mandates,” Mnuchin stated. “The suggestion that this course of is being stalled is totally misguided.”
Bureau of Engraving and Printing Director Len Olijar launched an announcement denying that any official “‘scrapped'” something.
Trump was a vocal critic of the plan to place Tubman on the $20 invoice, which originated below President Barack Obama. Whereas campaigning Trump known as the transfer “pure political correctness.” He proposed placing her portrait on the $2 invoice as a substitute.
Tubman was a outstanding abolitionist, who was born into slavery and escaped, and later helped liberate different slaves alongside the Underground Railroad. Trump has typically praised President Andrew Jackson, who’s at the moment displayed on the $20. Advocates have campaigned for Jackson’s alternative as a result of his insurance policies persecuting Native Individuals and different issues.
Mnuchin stated in Might that the invoice was delayed as a result of anti-counterfeiting measures wouldn’t be prepared for a 2020 launch in response to questions from Rep. Ayanna Pressley, D-Mass., at a Home Monetary Companies Committee listening to.
The plan to revamp the $20 invoice with Tubman’s picture on it was first introduced by then-Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew in April 2016. The choice was pushed by “hundreds of responses from Individuals younger and outdated,” Lew stated in a letter on the time.
“I’ve been significantly struck by the numerous feedback and reactions from youngsters for whom Harriet Tubman isn’t just a historic determine, however a job mannequin for management and participation in our democracy,” Lew stated.
Previous to Mnuchin’s announcement that the Tubman invoice wouldn’t be launched in 2020, members of Congress launched laws to again towards what Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, D-N.H., known as “useless foot-dragging” on the undertaking by Trump’s Treasury Division.
The Occasions additionally launched a picture of a $20 invoice that includes Tubman, which it stated was offered by a former Treasury Division official. Olijar pushed again on that, too.
“The illustration printed by the New York Occasions was a replica of an outdated Collection notice with the signatures of former officers, with a unique picture imposed on it. It isn’t a brand new $20 notice, as incorrectly said by the New York Occasions, in any manner, form or kind,” Olijar stated in an announcement. “The facsimile contained no security measures or offset printing included on foreign money notes. There may be nothing about that illustration that even begins to satisfy technical necessities for the subsequent household of notes.”