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Schumer calls for investigation into delay of the Harriet Tubman $20 bill

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer called Wednesday for an investigation into why the release of a new design for the $20 bill that would feature abolitionist Harriet Tubman has been delayed by nearly a decade — from 2020 to 2028.

In a letter to Eric Thorson, the Treasury Department’s inspector general, Schumer said that he wants an investigation to “ensure that political considerations have not been allowed to infect the process for designing American currency.”

“I write to request that your office investigate the circumstances surrounding the Department of Treasury’s decision to delay redesign of the $20 note featuring the portrait of Harriet Tubman, including any involvement by the White House in this decision,” Schumer, D-N.Y., wrote in the letter.

Last month, Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin announced that the redesign would not be ready for a planned release in 2020. Instead, Mnuchin said that the new design will likely not come out until 2028.

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