The Biden administration is looking for ways to remove Andrew Jackson from the $ 20 bill and replace him with Harriet Tubman as soon as possible.
The effort to replace Jackson with Tubman had stopped under President Donald Trump.
“The Treasury Department is taking action to resume efforts to put Harriett Tubman on the front of $ 20 bills,” White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said at a briefing.
Psaki spoke of the “diversity” of money before saying that they are “exploring ways to accelerate this effort”.
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“It’s important that our tickets, our money… reflect the history and diversity of our country, and the image of Harriet Tubman adorning the new $ 20 bill would certainly reflect that,” she added. “So we are exploring ways to accelerate this effort.”
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Jackson’s impeachment was announced by the Treasury Department in 2016 under the Obama administration. They had previously hoped to unveil the overhaul by 2020, but were crushed by Administrator Trump.
The Treasury Department had initially considered replacing Alexander Hamilton on the $ 10 bill, but activists demanded that they replace Jackson instead because of his “role in moving Native Americans off their lands.”
Trump had criticized the decision during his 2016 campaign, calling it “pure political correctness.”