December 11th, 2008
02:56 PM ET
6 years ago

Clinton's future paycheck cut

Hillary Clinton's salary will drop to pre-2007 amount.
Hillary Clinton's salary will drop to pre-2007 amount.

(CNN) - Hillary Clinton's pay check has officially been cut.

Congress voted Wednesday night to reduce the Secretary of State's salary back to its pre-2007 level of $186,000 to conform to a clause in the constitution stipulating a member of congress cannot be appointed to a government job if the position's salary has increased during the lawmaker's current term.

Clinton's second term began in January 2007.

The conservative activist group Judicial Watch circulated the clause in question, Article 1, Section 6 of the Constitution, soon after President-elect Barack Obama announced he was nominating Clinton to the top diplomatic post. Noting the clause, Judicial Watch said it was illegal for Clinton to be nominated to the post since President Bush authorized a nearly $5,000 pay raise for job last January.

"There's no getting around the Constitution's ineligibility clause, so Hillary Clinton is prohibited from serving in the Cabinet until at least 2013, when her current term expires," Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton said in a statement.

But lawmakers have gotten around the clause before in the same fashion they have now: with Congress changing the salary of the office in question back to what it originally was.

It happened when Ohio Sen. William Saxbe was named President Nixon's attorney general in 1974 and again when Texas Sen. Lloyd Bentsen became President Clinton's Treasury secretary in 1993.

While Clinton is missing out on the nearly $5,000 pay raise, she still stands to make about $10,000 more as secretary of state than she currently draws as a U.S. senator.


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soundoff (166 Responses)
  1. Jeff

    >Did she give back all the extra pay as well?

    Give what back? She never received any extra pay as SofS–she's not been confirmed for the office yet!

    December 11, 2008 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  2. ANGIE

    Poor Hill well Bill still gets 400 Grand an hour for his speeches the Poor poor Clintons is their Household on a budget?

    December 11, 2008 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  3. strong

    She isn' t doing these jobs for the money. It's all about power and drive. This is nickels and dimes to Hillary.

    December 11, 2008 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  4. Get over it

    Everybody in Congress and the Senate need a PAY cut!!!!

    Did anyone notice how they tried to sneak a pay raise for Federal Judges into the bail out for the auto companies???

    December 11, 2008 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  5. No Hillary = No Obama

    Hillary is a millionaire. So what's the story? One more jab at Clinton?

    December 11, 2008 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  6. Virginia

    Well, at least some people in the government are being fiscally responsible, and she is worth millions so it doesn't hurt my feelings in the least.

    December 11, 2008 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  7. Mobius

    Niiiice. Clearly circumventing the Constitution to suit political goals.

    Sooner or later we'll realize that the founding documents of this Country are completely null and void.

    Welcome to Omerica.

    December 11, 2008 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  8. Dr. Stoner

    Hillary you should have stepped two paces to the right and shaken my hand, but you didn't . Now you have to out shine Barack, and I think he is to good tobe true. Anyhow, just make your supporters proud girl, we still think you are the one. Just remember, keep your feet on the ground and keep intouch with the common American People.

    2012 ;-)

    December 11, 2008 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  9. Jenn

    arc, Lugano CH December 11th, 2008 3:23 pm ET

    Robert NYC December 11th, 2008 3:03 pm ET
    Hillary Clinton should have been the president.
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    Thank God Hillary Clinton was soundly defeated for the Democratic nomination because John McCain would have crushed her in the General Election. When the dust settled, it was she who was unelectable.

    And for her troubles she was nominated by President Elect Obama to be Secretary of State. Not bad, considering the vile, negative, dishonest, racist and hypocrisy-laden sewer campaign that she ran for the nomination.
    Now that Hypocrosy
    All you Obama supporters and his campain spur that anybody who used his whole name or said anything bad against him was a racist or was hate mongering. You still complain about Hillary and Yet he can use his full name if it suits him but nobody else can because it's speading hat and racism.
    You all crack me up

    December 11, 2008 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  10. Terry, Butte, Mt

    It is about time someone on the right finally read the Constitution. They should have been reading it when they wrote the Patriot act or the FISA bill or before suspending Habeas Corpus.

    I am just glad they paved the way for Hillary to be confirmed.

    December 11, 2008 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  11. madammijanou

    How very small and petty! Judicial Watch is not watching out for the American People, they can always rial up more funds for their own coffers by finding ways to bash Hillary and Bill Clinton. I pray that I will live to see the day when such scum, such hypocrits are frowned on by good and decent people.

    December 11, 2008 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  12. Simmy

    That's still a nice salary. In the times that we are facing, it' more than sufficient. I don't think SOS to-be Clinton is too upset about it.

    December 11, 2008 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  13. Anonymous

    Arc, I would hardly call HRC being beaten by a few hundred thousand votes out of 36 million cast in Democratic primaries as being 'soundly defeated'.

    December 11, 2008 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  14. Buckeye

    Barack Obama has a current approval rating of 79 percent.

    It just tickles me to hear the bitter fringe (mostly Hillary-fanatics).

    I can understand the right-wingers being bitter, but Hillary supporters should be happy. Barack didn't have to appoint her, and she would have ended up spending another four years as Senator doing town hall meetings in Buffallo and dealing with pothole issues.

    December 11, 2008 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  15. Don, NY

    "Thank God Hillary Clinton was soundly defeated for the Democratic nomination because John McCain would have crushed her in the General Election."

    What? Are you kidding. You lost credibility with the word "soundly." Try "barely." In addition, this race was not John McCain's to win...no matter what! I voted for him, but I never expected him to win. Hillary would have won and she would have been the best possible President. Instead, we'll have to settle Mr. Uhhh Ummmm Errrr Uhhhh and the BEST SoS this country has ever seen!!

    December 11, 2008 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  16. bsmith171

    she will get the money from warren buffett.

    December 11, 2008 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  17. bertha doucet

    Hillary clinton is a billionair,she is not in this for the money. since she losted to be president ,I am happy she will be the secretary of state.merry exmas to hillary and her family!!!! a supporter hillary!!! Houston Tex.

    December 11, 2008 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  18. ch

    She is worth every penny and more. She is (as the NYT indicated in their endorsement of her for President) a brilliant woman.

    We should all be grateful that someone of her caliberm with her talent, expereince and ability was gracious enough to accept Barack Obama's offer.

    December 11, 2008 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  19. Bubba, Sunnyvale, CA

    What a ridiculous clause! Time to amend it.

    December 11, 2008 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  20. Jerri

    To those of you who thought Hillary Clinton should have been president - heads up not according to the voters.

    December 11, 2008 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  21. Boye

    Saying that "Hillary Clinton should have been the president." a million times isn't going to make it happen. Deal with it. 18million people thought so, but America thought otherwise.

    December 11, 2008 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  22. TyWebb

    What did Sarah Palin have to say about this?

    December 11, 2008 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  23. ch

    Thank God Hillary Clinton was soundly defeated for the Democratic nomination because John McCain would have crushed her in the General Election. When the dust settled, it was she who was unelectable.

    And for her troubles she was nominated by President Elect Obama to be Secretary of State. Not bad, considering the vile, negative, dishonest, racist and hypocrisy-laden sewer campaign that she ran for the nomination. arc Lugano, CH
    -------------------------------

    Soundly defeated ??????- Hillary beat Obama in the popular vote and he was only able to secure the nomination becasue he had more support from the super delegates. Obama could not even claim the nomination until the very last contests in June – that's how close it was Arc – get real.

    As for the "racist" accusation – Hillary (and Bill) Clinton has a 30 year public record of supporting and promoting civil rights. Anyone who would question their commitment to equality obviously knows nothing about them.

    December 11, 2008 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  24. ch

    And how many people has he driven to drink due to his Incompetence over the last 8 years.

    He wil be rightly regarded as one of the worst presidents EVER.

    December 11, 2008 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  25. Jack

    Actually Hillary would have beat McCain easier than Obama did. She won the bigger states in the primaries and if you do the math she would have had more electoral votes than Obama got based on the states they won.

    Hillary 2016!!

    December 11, 2008 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
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