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.
What did NY get for $186,600 a year??
You might wanna re-read the article. Her New York Senate seat does not pay her $186,600.
New York got one of the best U.S. Senators to occupy the seat. What did Illinois get for their $169,300.
She can always augment her pay with the Saudi's money.
$186,600 to run for President and lie about ducking sniper fire?
I still like her more than Obambi though, she has some scruples.... if you can believe that.
More than they got for 191.300 from Rice
Bush was also quoted as saying – "I've been wanting to get her a pay cut for years! Heh heh heh."
Talk about the lines being blurred. Someone remind me what the difference is between the democrats and the republicans. Oh, that's right. Absolutely nothing except empty rhetoric.
NY got nothing for their money...
Good wont be the first time this was done.
This Clinton's have millions, Hillary could care less about the $4,700 unlike little poor me.
What did NY get from Hillary and her salary? I'll tell you, nothing but a headache. Hillary did nothing for the people of NY but support her own special interests. She promised new jobs to the people of Western NY in order to get elected. Instead they lost 30,000 jobs. Hillary just used the people of NY to further her career.
I think all of the politicians are overpaid. They work for us the taxpayers, yet we have no say so about how much they are paid. Sounds unfair to me!
Demwit, Kayce: "What did NY get for $186,600 a year??" - A full term in the Senate. That's a lot more than the citizens of Illinois received.
They make less than 200,000 a year to make some of the biggest decisions in the world
Then we wonder why they are taking bribes and trips and all the money people throw at them for influence
Politician do not serve our country.....they serve themselves!!!!!!
Why won't Cankles JUST GO AWAY!!!!!
What a joke. joker, the Bush signing pay cut for others.
Hillary is poor now.
This is good, Hillary doesn't mind the pay cut.
How does Congress arrive at these salary figures? It looks like government employees earn 150k-200k salary. 10 years ago it was like 100k-150k. Meanwhile private sector workers get 70k-100k. How in the world does the Federal Reserve expect to solve the problems of INFLATION with MORE INFLATION. Anywhere from home prices to salaries. It's all inflation. Has the duties of government officials really changed the last 10 yrs that would warrant higher income?
these are real changes that are happening in our government, I hope people will stop and think about the fact that President-Elect Obama has picked a team of leaders; some whom he3 has had disagreements in the past about policy matters; he is slected them and he is confindent these people will put aside their differences for the good of the country; this is the very definition of "serving the people" I am proud that I have small children that are able to look at this moment and learn from it; we all should, this is inspirational to watch. I did not voted for President-elect Obama; but I must say that I'm very impress with the talent and personalities he has chosen to serve under his cabinet.
I am disappointed at the rudeness of some of the writers. Is it kind? is it Necessary? Is it true? What if all the writers would ask those three questions? All the hate that is expressed on these sites is amazing. HRC is okay and if she is willing to serve her country for less pay, thean she should be appreicated for doing that service for greater good. If you do not like someone, they still need to treated with respect.
We love you, Hillary! All the haters, keep hatin'. She's going to be in your living rooms for the next 8 years.
Like most of the other Bush appointees, I'm wondering why we paid Condi anything, let alone that much.
Those are SOME salaries! And to think that Obama, Clinton, and all the other senators were on the road campaigning for nearly 2 years, and STILL collecting that salary at the same time, while neglecting their senatorial duties and responsibilities!
Something should be done about that!
They all need a pay cut !!!!!!!!!!!!!!
And they need to do TIME if they are accepting bribes of any kind.
After all, Congresses approval rating is still only 1/3 of what Bush's is.
I love you Hillary. The best is yet to come!!!