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S. 1633 (116th): RAISE Act

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About the bill

Is it a good idea to increase some employees’ pay even if it means undercutting union contracts?

Context and what the legislation does

Currently under the National Labor Relations Act, first passed in 1935, the wage level set in a union contract is set in stone. As opponents of this practice put it, it “is both a minimum and a maximum.”

The Rewarding Achievement and Incentivizing Successful Employees (RAISE) Act would permit employers to give merit-based pay raises, even if those weren’t part of a collective bargaining agreement agreed to by the union.

It was introduced in the House on May 23 as bill number H.R. 2992, by Rep. Dusty Johnson (R-SD0). It was introduced in the Senate the same day as bill number S. 1633, by …

Sponsor and status

Marco Rubio

Sponsor. Senior Senator for Florida. Republican.

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Last Updated: May 23, 2019
Length: 2 pages
May 23, 2019
116th Congress (2019–2021)
Died in a previous Congress

This bill was introduced on May 23, 2019, in a previous session of Congress, but it did not receive a vote.

Although this bill was not enacted, its provisions could have become law by being included in another bill. It is common for legislative text to be introduced concurrently in multiple bills (called companion bills), re-introduced in subsequent sessions of Congress in new bills, or added to larger bills (sometimes called omnibus bills).


2 Cosponsors (2 Republicans)



May 23, 2019

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S. 1633 (116th) was a bill in the United States Congress.

A bill must be passed by both the House and Senate in identical form and then be signed by the President to become law.

Bills numbers restart every two years. That means there are other bills with the number S. 1633. This is the one from the 116th Congress.

This bill was introduced in the 116th Congress, which met from Jan 3, 2019 to Jan 3, 2021. Legislation not passed by the end of a Congress is cleared from the books.

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