December 19th, 2008
06:41 PM ET
10 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. monet

    Why was Condo Rice payed more? What good did she do? What DID she do?

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

    Was there any doubt that Hoover Republicans would sign off on a Democratic PAY CUT??? This is at the same time that 'the one who's name that is not to be spoken aloud'(Palin), has requested another 20% pay raise to $150k/yr. She received a 50% pay raise last year. She is asking for this raise at a time when Alaska is asking our government for bail out money for her state? Buy the way, she appoints the board who approves her pay raises, along with punishments for ethics violations. Alaska, Chicago......which state is really the most corrupt?

    December 19, 2008 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  3. Not Fooled!

    Sounds like a bargain to me...

    She actually understands the law...
    Named one the top 100 female attorneys when practicing law.

    She actually understands big business...
    Sat on the board for Wal-Mart.

    She actually understands the world....
    Served for a 8 years as First Lady and well received in that diplomatic role.

    We'll take the Clinton's back here in AR if you don't want them, fools.

    December 19, 2008 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  4. Susan

    Sounds like a lot of angry men on here. They must be hormonal. The problem couldn't be that they hate her because she is successful and powerful, could it?

    December 19, 2008 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  5. tired of corporate politics

    Hillary has done good work the world over, standing up for women and other liberal causes. Now she takes a pay cut to serve her country.

    And all the Haters can do is whine. Maybe you didn't get the memo from Obama: It is about unity and moving the country forward.

    Someday it will NOT be OK to make fun of a woman because she is powerful or has extrodinary influence. You notice no one bothered to look up Obama's future salary. But that is OK because he is a man.

    Sexisim = free speech
    Racism = hate speech
    (clue: they are BOTH hate speech)

    December 19, 2008 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  6. indy 08

    Welcome Madame Secretary Clinton, the end of Bush Cowboy diplomacy. Repugs, get used to it.

    December 19, 2008 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  7. cornbread

    Janski you slay me. still laughing out loud at your comment....

    "...Cankles JUST GO AWAY!" 🙂

    December 19, 2008 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  8. matt

    This is just a technicality.

    December 19, 2008 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  9. ch

    John Janski December 19th, 2008 1:56 pm ET Why won't Cankles JUST GO AWAY!!!!!

    Well John, mabye because she got 18 million votes in the primary which is more than anyone else in the history of presidental primaries has received.

    In regards to your "cankles" comment – I hear your nickname is "shorty" and it has nothing to do with your height.

    December 19, 2008 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  10. CCS

    I'm glad. I think I wanted her to have this job.

    December 19, 2008 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  11. Muz

    Haha i make more than her

    December 19, 2008 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  12. Mel in MGM

    Oh, poor thing......I'd hate to try to live on $186k per difficult!

    December 19, 2008 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  13. why spew the hate????

    No wonder why kids are bullying other kids. You all really know how to be negative and full of hate. One can'e help to think that these blogs mirror the real way America works and acts. People, take a lesson from your Kindergarden years and learn to respect and maybe just maybe we will get out of this mess we are in!

    Sixth Grade Teacher, Hawaii

    December 19, 2008 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  14. Wacky Obacky

    With Abu Bubba hauling in more than $500 mill from countries and individuals that hate the U.S., this should make little ding against their obscene slush fund.

    December 19, 2008 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  15. may lose

    NY got nothing for their money is correct. After 38 years of business I may have to fold or move out of New York like many other businesses have around here. But lets dredge out the Hudson, while companies are still polluting the river!!!

    December 19, 2008 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  16. patNY

    NY GOT PLENTY from Sen. Clinton – remember the top 10 pork barrell offenders identified by McCain? She was one of them! She got over $350 million of pork spending in NY. Put another way, Sen. Clinton secured the return of $350 million of federal tax dollars back to NY to fund vital projects in that state, including, among other things, the Long Island Rail Road East Side Access project which will bring the LIRR into Grand Central Station for the first time ever.

    December 19, 2008 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  17. RealityKing

    Good secretaryies aren't made from women who can't keep their own husbands happy.

    December 19, 2008 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  18. bitter_in_pa

    It's a drop in the bucket compared to the money she and Bill will make under the table.

    December 19, 2008 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  19. Larry in Houston

    So, It's 186 k versus 191k, huh ? So, that's 5k less than Rice is currently making.....And Hillary would be a MUCH Better S.O.S than Rice EVER has, or ever was !! "Condi" was nothing but a "Yes" person, the whole time she's held that Job !!
    Clinton will be a much smarter and will know how to Talk with Foreign Powers / and Leaders WAAY Better than the curent "Yes" person we now have.
    Larry C.
    Houston, Texas

    December 19, 2008 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  20. Nelson Colorado Springs Co

    Why worries about Sen Clinton money look what Persident get to retire on he don't need it.

    December 19, 2008 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  21. Robert

    demwit........your name suits you well. Sorta empty and cannot even read what the article says.

    So demwit --–Clinton gets paid $169,300 right now. And NY got a whole lot more than Illinois did with their 144 day Senator. Clinton will be around for a long time and thank goodness; she has the brains to lead Obama so he doesn't stub his toes and get us all in a lot bigger problem than we have right now!!!!!!!!!!!!

    December 19, 2008 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  22. Jack

    With the state of Illinois in such trouble, both politically and financially, why is Obama picking his team with people from Illinois?

    December 19, 2008 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  23. Dave in East Aurora, NY

    I would like 10 clear, factual accomplishments that Clinton made while Senator in NY. I live in NY and am still waiting for someone to help me answer that question.

    What has she done? That's a lot of money to pay someone. I know people that work hard every day for 1/4 that pay and that's without the benefits that go along with the office she held.

    So how's about it? Ten accomplishments.

    December 19, 2008 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  24. sensible cape Coral FL

    Every state in the country should be so lucky as to have a Senator as effective as Hillary. But that fact is evident only to those of you who take the trouble to find out the truth. But then you would have to change your minds (?) and that many of you are NOT prepared to do.

    December 19, 2008 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  25. Willie McGill

    Senator Clinton will do a wonderful job as Secretary of State. I am certainly glad President-Elect Obama chose Senator Clinton. Furthermore, Senator Clinton is not concerned about the salary. She only wants to perform a public service to the American people. Senator Clinton wants to fulfill the legacy of the late Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. by serving humanity. Dr. King, Jr. said, "Everyone has the capacity to be great. Dr. King defined "greatness" serving humanity." Therefore, Senator Clinton, like Dr. King, Jr. wants to exhibit greatness by serving humanity.

    December 19, 2008 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
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