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H.R. 5066: Tax Excessive CEO Pay Act of 2019

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About the bill

How much money, if any, is “too much” for a CEO to earn relative to their average employee?


In 1965, the average CEO made 20 times as much as their average worker. In 1989, that had nearly tripled, to 58x. By 2018, it had more than quadrupled to 278x.

Many believe this is fundamentally unfair, given the level of financial difficulty and poverty that some Americans face. For example, Bill Gates is rich enough to give everybody on earth $10 and still have $30 billion left.

What the legislation does

The Tax Excessive CEO Pay Act would institute an escalating tax on any corporation which earns at least $100 million in a year and whose chief executive earns more than 50x their median employee.

Those tax rates would range ...

Sponsor and status

Barbara Lee

Sponsor. Representative for California's 13th congressional district. Democrat.

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Last Updated: Nov 13, 2019
Length: 5 pages
Nov 13, 2019
116th Congress (2019–2021)

Introduced on Nov 13, 2019

This bill is in the first stage of the legislative process. It was introduced into Congress on November 13, 2019. It will typically be considered by committee next before it is possibly sent on to the House or Senate as a whole.

3% chance of being enacted according to Skopos Labs (details)


Nov 13, 2019

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H.R. 5066 is a bill in the United States Congress.

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Bills numbers restart every two years. That means there are other bills with the number H.R. 5066. This is the one from the 116th Congress.

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