Rep. John Katko meets with Treasury secretary, urges him to put Tubman on paper money

U.S. Rep. John Katko isn’t giving up his effort to put Harriet Tubman’s likeness on paper currency.

Katko, R-Camillus, met with Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin Thursday and discussed the plans to place Tubman on the $20 bill. The Treasury Department under then-President Barack Obama announced in 2016 that Tubman would be the new face of the bill.

Mnuchin, Katko said, explained that the Treasury Department is determining what security upgrades are needed for paper currency. Once the determine what updates are needed, the agency will address other changes, such as putting new faces on the bills.

“He didn’t give a time frame, but I think some of it could be sooner rather than later,” Katko said in a phone interview.

When asked if Mnuchin has changed his view from 2017 when he wouldn’t commit to adding Tubman to paper currency, Katko responded, “He didn’t give me an indication one way or another, but I clearly gave him an indication that I’m going to be pushing this issue and that’s exactly what we’re going to do.”

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