Harriet Tubman

Treasury secretary won't commit to putting Harriet Tubman on $20 bill

Treasury secretary won't commit to putting Harriet Tubman on $20 bill

Treasury Secretary Steve T. Mnunchin would not commit Thursday to following through on a plan to place former slave and abolitionist Harriet Tubman on the $20 bill.

“Right now, we’ve got a lot more important issues to focus on,” Mnunchin said in a CNBC interview, adding that “ultimately,” the department would be looking at the issue.

“The No.1. issue why we change the currency is to stop counterfeiting,” he said. “So the issues of why we change it will be primarily related to what we need to do for security purposes…. That’s what I’m focused on for the moment.”

In April 2016, in a decision seen as a cultural victory for women and African Americans, former Treasury...

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