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Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-NY, requested an investigation on Wednesday into why the trump administration postponed plans for the redesign of $20 bill, which included, to replace President Andrew Jackson with the legendary abolitionist Tubman, Harriet.
In a Wednesday letter to the Treasury Department of the general inspector, Schumer, the officers asked to see why the Ministry pushed the redesign, and whether political considerations play a role in the decision played.
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Harriet Tubman, pictured sometime between 1860 and 1875.(Harvey B. Lindsley/Library of Congress via AP)
“Shortly after the trump Administration into office, all of the mentions of the Tubman $20 came out … account, were deleted without explanation from the Treasury Department on the site,” wrote Schumer. “We don’t know the real reason for these decisions, but we know, to replace that during his campaign, President Trump referred to efforts of President Jackson’s portrait on the front of the 20-Dollar bill as a” pure political correctness.'”
Minister of Finance, Steve Mnuchin told Congress in may that the efforts of Tubman on the $20 bill is delayed until 2028 due to security concerns, such as counterfeiting.
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“It is my job to focus now what is the Problem of counterfeiting and security features,” Mnuchin, the legislator said. “The final decision on the redesign down will most likely be another Secretary in the road.”
On Friday, Mnuchin-mentioned proposals, that the process is delayed deliberately “absurd.”
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In his letter, Schumer unnecessary delays to honor Tubman called on the 20-Dollar bill “inappropriate and unacceptable.”
“If the Empire State Building in 13 months, which is almost 100 years was completed, the 21st century is a Treasury Department should be able to get this job done in a reasonable period of time,” he wrote.
Tubman escaped from slavery in 1849 and played an important role in the Underground Railroad. She helped guide over 300 slaves to freedom and was as a spy and scout for the Union army during the civil war.
Fox News’ James Rogers contributed to this report.