Republican Rep. John Katko on Monday called on the U.S. Department of Treasury to release an updated timeline for when Harriet Tubman would be added to the $20 bill.
Katko, a Central New York lawmaker, called on Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen to release the updated timeline after President Joe Biden's administration in January signaled it would move forward with placing Tubman's image on the bill.
Tubman has ties to Central New York, which include having resided in Auburn, and Katko is backing the effort to change the $20 with Democratic Rep. Joyce Beatty of Ohio.
“Harriet Tubman’s unwavering commitment to freedom and equality has made her a pivotal figure not only in American history, but also in Central New York. For a period of time, Tubman resided in Auburn, and today her former home is celebrated as a National Historic Park,” Katko said. “As someone who had a significant role on the Underground Railroad, and as a strong advocate for the women’s suffrage movement, memorializing Harriet Tubman on the $20 note continues to be a fitting tribute to her life and legacy. It is my hope that we can take this important and overdue step to recognize her contributions.”
President Barack Obama's administration in 2016 initially announced the change for the $20 to include Tubman, a proposal that was later put on the back burner by President Donald Trump's administration. Biden's press secretary in January announced the new administration was exploring ways of speeding up the process to make the change.