Bush Administration Fights U.S. Dollar Redesign

The Bush administration asked an appeals court on Tuesday to overturn a judge's ruling that all U.S. dollar bills must be changed to accommodate the visually impaired.

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And for our last word in business today, we have an update. Two weeks ago, a district judge ruled the U.S. Treasury must redesign the dollar bill - in fact, all paper currency from the single to the $100 bill - so that the visually impaired can tell the difference.

The American Council of the Blind suggests a variety of things: different size bills, hole punches, adding texture to help to differentiate, say, between the numbers five and 50. Yesterday, the Bush administration asked an appeals court to overturn the judge's ruling.

Justice Department lawyers argue that the visually impaired are not denied, quote, “meaningful access to money,” because they can use special portable money reading devices or credit cards. The government also said that to change the money would cost too much money.

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