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

The text of the bill below is as of Feb 7, 2019 (Introduced). The bill was not enacted into law.

Summary of this bill

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 ...



1st Session

H. R. 1083


February 7, 2019

(for himself, Mr. Cummings, Ms. Speier, Ms. Norton, Mr. Higgins of New York, Ms. Stefanik, Mrs. Watson Coleman, Mr. Raskin, Mr. Grijalva, Ms. Kuster of New Hampshire, and Mr. Hurd of Texas) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Financial Services


To require the Secretary of the Treasury to redesign $20 Federal reserve notes so as to include a likeness of Harriet Tubman, and for other purposes.


Short title

This Act may be cited as the Harriet Tubman Tribute Act of 2019.


Likeness of Harriet Tubman required to be included on the face of $20 Federal reserve notes

The 8th undesignated paragraph of section 16 of the Federal Reserve Act (12 U.S.C. 418) is amended by adding at the end the following new sentence: The Secretary of the Treasury shall ensure that the face of all $20 Federal reserve notes printed after December 31, 2020, shall bear the likeness of Harriet Tubman..