New effort to get Harriet Tubman on the $20

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WASHINGTON, D.C. (WSYR-TV) — Remember that plan from back in 2016 to change the face on the $20 bill from Andrew Jackson to Harriet Tubman?

Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin says as far as he’s concerned, Andrew Jackson will remain on the $20.

But some in Congress think otherwise, including John Katko.

Katko has introduced the Harriet Tubman Tribute Act of 2019, which would require the Treasury Department to stick with plans to put Tubman on the $20 by 2020.

Though he stresses the necessity of the bill, some say the move is not without controversy.

Katko said, “We don’t have a woman of color, we don’t have any person of color on any U.S. currency.”

“I think Americans are still ashamed of the legacy of slavery and will continue to be ashamed of slavery, therefore Americans choose not to talk about it all, they don’t think about it at all,” said Lisa Page, Interim Director of Africana Studies at George Washington University.

Katko’s bill has support from republicans and democrats in both the House and Senate.

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