by Nick Wing the huffingtonpos
President Barack Obama gave a New Year's gift to returning members of
Congress, federal workers and Vice President Joe Biden on Thursday, signing an executive order calling for an end to a years-long pay freeze.
As of March 27, 2013, federal employees will see a half-percent to
one percent pay increase, marking the end of a pay freeze that has been
in place since late 2010. Congress hasn't seen a pay raise since 2009.
According to the order,
Biden's pay will increase from $225,521 to $231,900 a year, before
taxes. House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) will see his salary increased
to $224,500 and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) will take
home an annual pay of $194,400 after his raise.
While Obama's order made no mention of merit for such a raise,
HuffPost's Amanda Terkel reported on Friday that the 112th Congress is
set to end the session as the most unproductive since the 1940s,
with only 219 bills passed by the body becoming law. The raise won't
take place until the 113th Congress, meaning that outgoing members will
see no effect from the order.
Obama ordered the raise as he continues to negotiate unsuccessfully
with congressional leaders to find a deal in order to avoid the fiscal
cliff at the end of the year. If no agreement is met, over $500 billion
in planned tax increases and spending cuts will be implemented.
Saturday, December 29, 2012
Tuesday, December 25, 2012
Merry Christmas to all you beautiful readers! I thought I'll share one of my favorite Chrismas campaigns this year and thank you all for reading this little blog of mine. Hope you all are having a loving, happy evening.
Pieni joulutervehdys teille kaikille ihanille lukijoille, toivottavasti vietätte tunnelmallista iltaa/ God Jul till alla mina fina läsare! Hoppas ni har en mysing kväll. xxx
Topshop and Kate Bosworth was also kind enough to send me a little personalized message that was too cute to not share!
Monday, December 24, 2012
Woah time has just been flying by in the lead up to Christmas, but one night that I managed to slow down a bit, was the night I hosted a little shopping event over at Juicy Couture’s Regent street store. We had Champagne, shoe cookies and lipstick sorbet (!) Whilst welcoming their most recent, and in my opinion - the best, jewellery collection to date.
Was so wonderful meeting many of you again, thanks to everyone that came down. And if you are struggling with some last minute Christmas shopping, you now know where to turn.
I wore a JUICY COUTURE dress and jewellery and JIMMY CHOO heels.
I was obviously hard on Instagram too! you can mind me @5inchandup, naturally.