December 19th, 2008
06:41 PM ET
9 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. demwit

    What did NY get for $186,600 a year??

    December 19, 2008 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  2. Spider


    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.

    December 19, 2008 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  3. Empty suit, empty promises

    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.

    December 19, 2008 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  4. jon the duhawk

    More than they got for 191.300 from Rice

    December 19, 2008 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  5. Fritz

    Bush was also quoted as saying – "I've been wanting to get her a pay cut for years! Heh heh heh."

    December 19, 2008 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  6. brook

    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.

    December 19, 2008 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  7. Kayce

    NY got nothing for their money...

    December 19, 2008 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  8. rachel

    Good wont be the first time this was done.

    December 19, 2008 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  9. Laverne

    This Clinton's have millions, Hillary could care less about the $4,700 unlike little poor me.

    December 19, 2008 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  10. John

    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.

    December 19, 2008 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  11. Kathy

    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!

    December 19, 2008 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  12. aerosynth

    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.

    December 19, 2008 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  13. No wonder politicians are all crooks

    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!!!!!!

    December 19, 2008 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  14. John Janski

    Why won't Cankles JUST GO AWAY!!!!!

    December 19, 2008 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  15. pro

    What a joke. joker, the Bush signing pay cut for others.

    December 19, 2008 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  16. Susan

    Hillary is poor now.

    December 19, 2008 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  17. mb

    This is good, Hillary doesn't mind the pay cut.

    December 19, 2008 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  18. kng863

    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?

    December 19, 2008 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  19. Danny G. Boca Raton, FL

    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.

    December 19, 2008 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  20. jmaxwell

    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.

    December 19, 2008 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  21. Ia Guy

    We love you, Hillary! All the haters, keep hatin'. She's going to be in your living rooms for the next 8 years.

    December 19, 2008 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  22. Tom Dawson

    Like most of the other Bush appointees, I'm wondering why we paid Condi anything, let alone that much.

    December 19, 2008 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  23. SC independent

    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!

    December 19, 2008 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  24. Get over it

    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.

    December 19, 2008 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  25. Amber (Dem in FL)

    I love you Hillary. The best is yet to come!!!

    December 19, 2008 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
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