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S. 2849 (116th): 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 …

Sponsor and status

Bernard “Bernie” Sanders

Sponsor. Junior Senator for Vermont. Independent.

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

This bill was introduced on November 13, 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).


1 Cosponsor (1 Democrat)



Nov 13, 2019

Bills and resolutions are referred to committees which debate the bill before possibly sending it on to the whole chamber.

S. 2849 (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. 2849. 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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