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. newcomer FL.

    This has been the most entertaining and jovial reading I have had for some time. The answers between some of the participants, even though are insultive in some way, are very comical. I really enjoyed myself tonight. I will be looking forward for this section of the page. Thanks you Mr.Lou Bobbs for inviting me to visit your internet page.

    Good night! newcomer

    December 19, 2008 08:31 pm at 8:31 pm |
  2. erwin

    What can you buy with $191,300 that you can't with $186,600?

    December 19, 2008 08:32 pm at 8:32 pm |
  3. Kevin McDonald

    ya know all of our problems in this country comes down to pure GREED now Clinton wants this so bad she`s taking a pay cut but some were some how she`s gonna get get her palms greased

    December 19, 2008 08:33 pm at 8:33 pm |
  4. Leah Trantham

    She is a rich and capable woman, the paycut is not an issue and should not be an issue. Am not a Democrat and I believe she will do a great job.

    December 19, 2008 08:35 pm at 8:35 pm |
  5. taketheliberty

    All these comments, and not one exhibits a grasp of the obvious...Herr Bush WANTS Frau Clinton as SoS, to be first in line opposing the war crimes trials.
    And to anonymous...it's clear why you chose to remain so...

    December 19, 2008 08:36 pm at 8:36 pm |
  6. saywhat?

    aid and comfort to the enemy? This is not Jane Fonda you dolt!

    December 19, 2008 08:37 pm at 8:37 pm |
  7. bwana

    Anonymous:

    "how dare you defame our President, our God-given leader??? you may not have voted for him, but like it or not, he NEVER brought shame to the White House like the Clintons did. where do you get the gall?? And how do you sleep at night???"

    I truly like the sarcasm of this post. No one in their right mind could actually mean this!!

    December 19, 2008 08:39 pm at 8:39 pm |
  8. Scott

    Considering the millions that the Saudis gave the Clintons, a pay cut won't hurt Hillary.

    December 19, 2008 08:50 pm at 8:50 pm |
  9. earl`

    it does seem questionable that there are being raises given at that level of goverment given the current finical situation. but in the end what can we do, nothing really...

    December 19, 2008 08:57 pm at 8:57 pm |
  10. rebecca

    i agree with seth ... yes, $186k is a lot of money, but considering the title, i think it's it's well-deserved. i am not a political person or a democrat for that matter, but i am well educated, and i dont think i'd do the job for any less than that. i am a little shocked that it's not more.

    December 19, 2008 09:03 pm at 9:03 pm |
  11. Mike

    I think it would be appropriate for all Senators and Congressmen to forgo a pay raise this year, in symbolic acknowledgment of the plight of many of their constituents.

    December 19, 2008 09:04 pm at 9:04 pm |
  12. JJA

    I think he should have started with Conde Rice as she hasn't done $#@& since talking over for Colin Powell other than promoting her piano recital career.

    December 19, 2008 09:05 pm at 9:05 pm |
  13. poorboy34

    Remember this is exactly the way we want our government run, I will remind you that the calls ,letters and Emails to congress were running 10 to 1 against the bail out package and yet congress overwhelmly approved it. Then what did we do? We handily reelected and retuned them to congress!!

    December 19, 2008 09:07 pm at 9:07 pm |
  14. Fabian

    I just don't agree with this decision at all. I am not a Hillary hater and I think she is quite qualified for the job, but to change the constitution, so it can fit her interests is just plain wrong. Dictators in developing world change the constitution, so that they can hold on power as long as they wish. Do I believe that if it were another ordinary cabinet member, this constitution law would have been amended? The answer is a resounding NO. If the US is going to set example for the rest of the world, they have to start obeying their own constitution. To amend it just because the first lady happens to become secretary of state is absolutely appaling. In addition to this, she is already rich, so she does not need money that much. Another blunder from Bush. No wonder shoes are being thrown at him. It's these kinds of acts that make someone not feel sorry for him.

    December 19, 2008 09:09 pm at 9:09 pm |
  15. Mike

    Hey Ed TO–yeah but you're paid in Canadian dollars :) Advertising, right?

    December 19, 2008 09:10 pm at 9:10 pm |
  16. RV

    I wonder how easy Clinton or Obama would make it for a Republican president to be able to appoint their choice of a secretary of State.

    Wow, Norma in Wisconsin might be the stupidest person i have ever seen make a comment in here.

    December 19, 2008 09:14 pm at 9:14 pm |
  17. Bob

    Have you check the cost of living in Washington DC. $160,000 will not go nearly as far as you might think. DC is like Boston....people sell spots to simply "park" your car for more than most houses cost in the rest of the US.

    December 19, 2008 09:20 pm at 9:20 pm |
  18. Frank, Dayton, Ohio

    How in the world could she have predicted that she would be in line to become secretary of state (or any participant in anybody else's presidential cabinet) when she voted for the pay raise.

    To those who suspect a conspiracy, this is what is known as a "technicality."

    I suspect that Hillary won't miss the $4700.

    And, I agree that talk about Obama's birth certificate is tired, old news. So, Marge: give it a rest.

    December 19, 2008 09:22 pm at 9:22 pm |
  19. Gordon

    Too bad lowering the salary doesn't make it constitutional to put Hillary in the position. But, of course, Obama, the lecturer in Constitutional law knows that and knows that he can ignore the Constitution in most respects.

    "Has been raised" excludes salaries that have been raised and then lowered. the SOS salary was raised then lowered. But hey, it's an inconvenient part of the Constitution, so who cares?

    December 19, 2008 09:30 pm at 9:30 pm |
  20. BDKane

    "Our god-given leader"

    I guess god hates us.

    December 19, 2008 09:34 pm at 9:34 pm |
  21. meiko

    This country is so out of wack that traders and CEO in the name of free enterprise can make 10, 100 and 1000 times more than the President and the Secretary of State. Freedom does not mean that you can do whatever you want. TAX ALL those making more than 500,000 90% or give them the option of donating all their EXTRA pay to the homeless and the ones without health insurance.

    December 19, 2008 09:38 pm at 9:38 pm |
  22. Paul

    Fabian-
    They did not change the constitution. They voted to reduce the salary to pre-2007 levels which is before Hillary took office.

    December 19, 2008 09:43 pm at 9:43 pm |
  23. Doug

    For all of those outraged about the pay for our Congress people....
    Each Senator makes 169,300 per year (not 191k, thats the SOS). Well times that by 100 senators and divide it by roughly 250million americans paying taxes... We are each on the hook for roughly 6.7 cents to pay our Senators. 169k is nothing to these people. If you make it to the Senate you are no dummy and would make way more money in the private sector. Being a Senator is not an easy job. I doubt anyone here works harder than a Senator or bears a heavier burden. Sure you may work harder physically, but not mentally (perhaps some MDs or Engineers could argue with this). If you want to make that kind of money perhaps you should stop posting here or should have sacrificed more in high school, college, and grad school like Hillary did. Lots of Americans make way more money than that. Senators and the like should get paid much MORE money so they are less likely to be influenced by outside sources (i.e. lobbyists). Yea you may work hard, but have you worked that hard your whole life and are you as naturally talented or as intelligent as most of our Senators? I doubt it.

    December 19, 2008 09:46 pm at 9:46 pm |
  24. JBS

    I am not surprised by Marge remark @ 3:22pm about checking into Obama’s qualifications to be the president, since he can't produce a VALID CERTIFIED VAULT BIRTH CERTIFICATE. There are still many stupid people on this Earth even as we advance in Science etc. Many people on this Earth believe in many religions and God’s and some that Camels fly and people walk on water, Virgins giving birth and Saviors coming to earth and when they get here we crucify them.

    Even the USA the Supreme Court doesn't want to waist their time with this” brainless accusation”.

    December 19, 2008 09:47 pm at 9:47 pm |
  25. No incumbents 2010

    @ DX in TX:
    You must not be a liberal, because you are speaking of taking responsibility for yourself. Does that include, not depending on the government for everything?

    December 19, 2008 09:57 pm at 9:57 pm |
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