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H.R. 1083 (116th): Harriet Tubman Tribute Act of 2019

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In which year should Harriet Tubman replace Andrew Jackson on the $20 bill — if at all?


Harriet Tubman was an abolitionist helped rescue more than 700 slavesduring the Civil War era. Her face was scheduled to appear on the front of the $20 bill starting in 2020.

She would have replaced President Andrew Jackson, the face of the bill since 1928 and a controversial choice. As president, he espoused racist views, established the Trail of Tears which killed thousands of Native Americans, and he also opposed paper money.

The announcement of Tubman’s selection came in April 2016, during the closing months of the Obama Administration, yet the Trump Administration has other plans. Trump himself opposed Tubman’s selection. Trump has also named the populist …

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John Katko

Sponsor. Representative for New York's 24th congressional district. Republican.

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Last Updated: Feb 7, 2019
Length: 2 pages
Feb 7, 2019
116th Congress (2019–2021)
Died in a previous Congress

This bill was introduced on February 7, 2019, in a previous session of Congress, but it did not receive a vote.

Although this bill was not enacted, its provisions could have become law by being included in another bill. It is common for legislative text to be introduced concurrently in multiple bills (called companion bills), re-introduced in subsequent sessions of Congress in new bills, or added to larger bills (sometimes called omnibus bills).


31 Cosponsors (25 Democrats, 6 Republicans)



Feb 7, 2019

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H.R. 1083 (116th) was a bill in the United States Congress.

A bill must be passed by both the House and Senate in identical form and then be signed by the President to become law.

Bills numbers restart every two years. That means there are other bills with the number H.R. 1083. This is the one from the 116th Congress.

This bill was introduced in the 116th Congress, which met from Jan 3, 2019 to Jan 3, 2021. Legislation not passed by the end of a Congress is cleared from the books.

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