Katko: Tubman on Ten Dollar Bill Would Celebrate Her Legacy and Boost Regional Tourism

Congressman Applauds U.S. Treasury Decision to Feature Woman on Ten Dollar Bill, Urges Harriet Tubman as Top Candidate

Washington, D.C. – Following the announcement from U.S. Secretary of the Treasury, Jacob Lew, that a redesign of the ten dollar bill will feature the first woman on the nation’s paper currency in over a century, U.S. Rep. John Katko (NY-24) issued the following statement.

“Today’s historic announcement that a woman will be featured on the ten dollar bill is a tremendous step in honoring and celebrating the accomplishments of American women.

“In Congress, I introduced legislation to recognize the incredible contributions that Harriet Tubman has made to our great country by preserving her legacy, courage, and commitment to others on U.S. Currency.  I am pleased that this legislation, alongside the resilient efforts of advocacy groups, has encouraged the U.S. Treasury to announce its redesign of U.S. Currency.

“Auburn, New York is a city that is rich in history with a growing tourism-based economy and arts and cultural community.  With Harriet Tubman’s Auburn home recently established as a National Historical Park, now is an incredibly fitting time for this iconic American woman to be featured on U.S. Currency.  Doing so will not only ensure that her legacy lives on for generations, but will energize Auburn’s  growing tourism efforts and stimulate new, sustainable economic activity in Central New York.  Harriet Tubman Home Sign

Earlier this month, Rep. Katko and Rep. Elijah Cummings (MD-7) introduced The Harriet Tubman Tribute Act, bipartisan legislation which would require the Secretary of the Treasury to place Harriet Tubman’s likeness on a Federal Reserve Note by 2017.