Floor debate over the bill was contentious and divided the majority Republican Party for much of the session. A provision in the bill to replace Thomas Jefferson's image on the five-cent nickel with President Ronald Reagan's proved controversial. Some members supported memorializing the 40th president, while a bipartisan group opposed it in the name of fiscal austerity. An amendment by Rep. Kevin Yoder (R-Kansas) removed the Reagan provision from the bill.
President Obama quickly signed the bill upon receiving it from the House, saying it was a long overdue update to the currency system.