After Schumer Request, Treasury Department Inspector General Agrees To Review Trump Administration’s Decision To Delay Redesign Of $20 Bill Picturing Harriet Tubman

June 24, 2019

In New Letter To Schumer, U.S. Treasury Department Inspector General Confirms Plan To Conduct Review Of The Trump Administration’s Decision To Delay Release Of Redesigned $20 Note Until 2028

Treasury IG’s Review Comes After Schumer Requested Last Week That The IG Look Into Whether Trump Administration Officials Allowed Political Considerations To Infect The Process For Redesigning Twenty-Dollar Bill

Washington, D.C. – Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer today released a new letter from the U.S. Treasury Department’s Inspector General’s office confirming that it will review the Treasury Department’s decision to delay putting abolitionist Harriet Tubman’s image on the $20 bill. The Inspector General’s letter comes in response to a letter Leader Schumer sent on June 19, 2019 requesting an investigation into whether the delay was driven by political reasons.

The Inspector General’s response to Senator Schumer’s letter is available here and a statement from Leader Schumer is below:

“I’m pleased the inspector general will review this matter and hope it is conducted in an expeditious fashion,” said Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer. “There are no women, there are no people of color on our paper currency today, even though they make up a significant majority of our population, and the previous administration’s plan to put New Yorker Harriet Tubman, on the $20 note was a long overdue way to recognize that disparity, and rectify it. The motivation for the Trump administration’s decision to delay the release of the new note has not been credibly explained, and the inspector general’s review must get to the bottom of this.”