December 11th, 2008
02:56 PM ET
14 years ago

Clinton's future paycheck cut

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(CNN) - Hillary Clinton's pay check has officially been cut.

Congress voted Wednesday night to reduce the Secretary of State's salary back to its pre-2007 level of $186,000 to conform to a clause in the constitution stipulating a member of congress cannot be appointed to a government job if the position's salary has increased during the lawmaker's current term.

Clinton's second term began in January 2007.

The conservative activist group Judicial Watch circulated the clause in question, Article 1, Section 6 of the Constitution, soon after President-elect Barack Obama announced he was nominating Clinton to the top diplomatic post. Noting the clause, Judicial Watch said it was illegal for Clinton to be nominated to the post since President Bush authorized a nearly $5,000 pay raise for job last January.

"There's no getting around the Constitution's ineligibility clause, so Hillary Clinton is prohibited from serving in the Cabinet until at least 2013, when her current term expires," Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton said in a statement.

But lawmakers have gotten around the clause before in the same fashion they have now: with Congress changing the salary of the office in question back to what it originally was.

It happened when Ohio Sen. William Saxbe was named President Nixon's attorney general in 1974 and again when Texas Sen. Lloyd Bentsen became President Clinton's Treasury secretary in 1993.

While Clinton is missing out on the nearly $5,000 pay raise, she still stands to make about $10,000 more as secretary of state than she currently draws as a U.S. senator.

Filed under: Hillary Clinton
soundoff (166 Responses)
  1. Marc PDX

    It's ok. She wasn't planning on making the bulk of her money from her paycheck – LOL!

    December 11, 2008 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  2. Bridgette-PA

    Who cares.......she's already rich!

    December 11, 2008 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  3. John

    This is a story? I hardly doubt Sen. Clinton is taking the Secretary of State job for the $10k dollar pay raise. It seems like there are more important things going on that should make your front page.

    December 11, 2008 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  4. PHS in RI

    Now maybe she can pay off her own campaign debt.

    December 11, 2008 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  5. Robert NYC

    Hillary Clinton should have been the president.

    December 11, 2008 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  6. BB

    Some of those people in DC should try to live on 6.50/hour like some of the people out here in the real world.

    December 11, 2008 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  7. chuck


    December 11, 2008 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  8. rachel

    Great!. Now make sure she is confirmed.

    December 11, 2008 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  9. Bill Clinton

    Back on the speakers circuit...

    December 11, 2008 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  10. Matt Worthington

    How petty for Judicial Watch. I'm sure Clinton won't be missing the extra 5k a year since she is a multi-millionaire. Don't we need to worry about other things rather than this?

    December 11, 2008 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  11. Alex

    im suprised but glad they did this. Hillary will be a great secretary of state.

    December 11, 2008 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  12. Sharing the wealth

    Is it sharing the wealth, in a socialist nation everyone contribtues in the form of high-tax so everyone else can enjoy well-fare, and even abortion will be paid for with tax-payers' money?

    December 11, 2008 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  13. Laverne

    Hillary will hardly miss $5000, this is the woman who loaned her campaign a couple million dollars!

    December 11, 2008 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  14. HR

    That's All?

    December 11, 2008 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  15. Joe

    To Robert Move on the Race Is OVER !

    December 11, 2008 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  16. Willy Brown

    Is she going to apply for gov. hand outs now?

    December 11, 2008 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  17. Clinton for President

    Agreed, Obama is not qualified, Hillary Clinton or anyone else, anyone, should have been a better president.

    December 11, 2008 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  18. Joan

    Amen, Robert.

    December 11, 2008 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  19. jim

    Did she give back all the extra pay as well?

    December 11, 2008 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  20. aware

    So, It can be raised again! 🙂

    December 11, 2008 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  21. Austin, TX

    But she is not, Robert NYC she should have not been so DUMB.

    December 11, 2008 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  22. Ernie

    To Robert NYC..Yes and Obama should have been the janitor.

    December 11, 2008 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  23. Snake eyes


    December 11, 2008 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  24. Austin, TX

    Robert from NYC, you should have not been so DUMB!

    December 11, 2008 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  25. Cori from Colorado

    The Clinton's are uber rich, I don't think a paycut will make a dent in Hillary's pocketbook.

    December 11, 2008 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
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