She was an abolitionist, risking her life by working to rescue and save 70 slaves via the Underground Railroad. She was a spy for the U.S. Army. And she was an activist who worked to help secure the right for women in America to vote.
Yet on Wednesday Secretary of the Treasury Steve Mnuchin announced Harriet Tubman will not be on the $20 bill next year as planned, and will miss the 100th anniversary celebration of the ratification of the 19th Amendment, which gave women the right to vote.
Mnuchin claimed there were design issues surrounding counterfeit protections, as CNBC reports.
“The primary reason we have looked at redesigning the currency is for counterfeiting issues,” Mnuchin told U.S. Rep. Ayanna Pressley, (D-MA), during Wednesday’s combative hearing before the House Financial Services Committee. “Based upon this, the $20 bill will now not come out until 2028.”
But presumably those same issues would affect other new bills too. Not according to Mnuchin.
Sec. Mnuchin assumed the House Committee that the “$10 bill and the $50 bill will come out with new features beforehand.”
And asked if he supports the idea of Tubman being on the $20 bill, Mnuchin could not even say yes.
Instead, he responded, “I’ve made no decision as it relates to that.”
Pressed by Rep. Pressley, Mnuchin stalled and deflected, refusing to answer directly.
In 2016, under President Barack Obama, the U.S. Treasury asked Americans who they would like to see on a redesigned $20 bill. Harriet Tubman was the overwhelming favorite.
Watch Sec. Mnuchin respond to Rep. Ayanna Pressley’s questions on Harriet Tubman:
.@RepPressley: “Do you support Harriet Tubman being on the $20 bill?”
— CSPAN (@cspan) May 22, 2019
‘We followed the president’s orders’: Sondland leaves no wiggle room for Trump’s direct involvement in Ukraine scandal
European Union ambassador Gordon Sondland will leave no wiggle room for President Donald Trump to deny his direct involvement in the Ukraine scandal in his bombshell opening statement.
As reported by the Daily Beast, Sondland will testify that he followed President Donald Trump's orders to work with personal attorney Rudy Giuliani on dealing with Ukraine, despite the fact that he was personally reluctant to do so.
"Secretary Perry, Ambassador Volker and I worked with Mr. Rudy Giuliani on Ukraine matters at the express direction of the President of the United States," the statement says. "We did not want to work with Mr. Giuliani. Simply put, we played the hand we were dealt. We all understood that if we refused to work with Mr. Giuliani, we would lose an important opportunity to cement relations between the United States and Ukraine. So we followed the President’s orders."
Fox News host appears confused how phone calls work while doubting impeachment witnesses
On Tuesday's edition of "Fox & Friends," co-host Brian Kilmeade questioned the impeachment testimony of State Department aide David Holmes — and in the process, revealed his confusion about how telephone calls work.
"Now the big thing is, something that's not addressed, nobody else has seen, and no one's really questioned, is that when David Holmes came out and said, I was hanging out in a restaurant, having a bottle of wine, and I listened over, and there's the E.U. ambassador talking to what I think's the president," said Kilmeade. "Amazingly, he heard both sides of the phone call, and at which time Sondland said to the president that Zelensky 'loves your [ass]' ... Now we have not seen Sondland say that's true or not true, and I also find it hard to believe that people just accept that you can hear both sides of a phone call 3,000 or 5,000 miles away. I've never heard both sides of a phone call when you have it to your ear!"
Elise Stefanik shredded by local columnist for selling out to Trump: ‘She’s not one of us’
Elise Stefanik (R-NY) has been dubbed a "rising star" by President Donald Trump for her sycophantic defenses of him during the House impeachment inquiry.
But Ken Tingley, a newspaper columnist at the Glens Falls Post Star in upstate New York, believes that her strident defenses of the president will cost her dearly in her district.
In his latest column, Tingley offers a scathing assessment of Stefanik's character by pointing out that she swooped into the district despite not living there after a career that suggested she'd rather be running the Republican National Committee than representing New York's 21st district.