December 19th, 2008
06:41 PM ET
5 years ago

Bush signs off on Clinton pay cut

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

WASHINGTON (CNN) – President Bush cleared the way Friday for Hillary Clinton to become secretary of state, signing a law that removes a potential constitutional barrier for the New York senator’s nomination by reducing her prospective pay as the nation’s top diplomat.

Congress voted in 2007 to raise the secretary of state’s salary by $4700. That move meant Clinton’s nomination was in conflict with Article I, section 6 of the Constitution, which prohibits members of Congress from raising the salary for a government job, then leaving the Capitol to fill the position themselves.

If she is confirmed, Clinton’s new salary will be $186,600 – less than the $191,300 now earned by current secretary of state Condoleezza Rice, but more than her current Senate salary of $169,300.


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  1. tim

    Could there be a special election if Mr. Obama is indicted before the
    swearing in ceremony?

    December 19, 2008 11:33 pm at 11:33 pm |
  2. Anne C

    So what was President's Bush's salary? How much did they pay him to be the worst President in American History?

    December 19, 2008 11:45 pm at 11:45 pm |
  3. Sean

    This is an example of our education system. People dont know how to "READ." Or do people just want to believe what they want.

    How SAD.

    December 19, 2008 11:46 pm at 11:46 pm |
  4. Jared

    Wow. There are way too many people here who: A) Have not read the entire story and have jumped to conclusions, or B) didn't understand the story. It is very simple. Please read it again, and I hope you'll figure out what is said. If you can't or won't, please never vote in any election ever again. The rest of us don't need you.

    The President didn't circumvent the Constitution. Neither did Senator Clinton. A law was rescinded. That is all. Please pay closer attention to the world around you. You'll be doing everyone a favor.

    December 19, 2008 11:50 pm at 11:50 pm |
  5. Stevarino

    Unbelievable how many of you are missin the point here! I didn't vote for Obama but have been very impressed with how hard he seems to be working to insure that his staff and appointees are squeeky clean. Obama appears to be conveying a message that says, "I will work for ALL of the American people, not just my party and special interests", by working both sides of the fence and going the extra mile to keep his administration honest. That's all this salary business is. Would you like a less qualified SOS that's paid more or would you like the perfect SOS for less? From a strategic standpoint, Hillary is the perfect SOS. The US had it's Clinton problems but the world loved em and I wouldn't wanna be on her bad side! She's shrewd, focused and well-versed in foreign policy and customs. People forget how important it is to honor the customs of foreign nations. It could make or break a relationship. The SOS is, in essence, a sales job. Selling the policies of American interests abroad. Anyone who knows anything about sales will tell you that consumers are more likely to buy if they like the salesperson. The world liked the US when the Clintons ruled. Who better for the job? And if anyone has a problem with the salary thing they should educate themselves for a bit before forming an opinion or just be honest and say, "i don't like Hillary". I don't like Hillary myself (I am Republican!) but Obama couldn't have picked a better Bishop for this chess game!

    December 20, 2008 12:10 am at 12:10 am |
  6. jcchastn

    All the commentors on this page are idiots. These are some of the stupidest, most poorly thought out, most poorly written comments I have ever read.

    December 20, 2008 12:16 am at 12:16 am |
  7. Rock

    Fabian, You don't understand the situation. Read the article again. It's legal for Hillary to take the job, just not at the same pay as Rice because Hilliary was in congress when the pay raise was given to the Sec. of state. Hilliary can't take the same pay but she can take the older pay prior to congress raising it. Bush signed a bill lowering the pay for just Hillary so she would not be breaking the law.
    This action on Bush's part is to avoid an ethics issue.
    Nothing wrong was done. Bush didn't change the constitution.

    December 20, 2008 12:35 am at 12:35 am |
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