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.

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soundoff (166 Responses)
  1. issues all day

    robert....... she lost, get over it. don't wish bad luck on the new pres just to say told u so and take the country down the drain.

    December 11, 2008 06:32 pm at 6:32 pm |
  2. Matt

    @ Robert NYC

    Apparently, you're in the minority with that opinion...and last time I checked, in a democracy that means she SHOULDN'T have been the president.

    December 11, 2008 06:33 pm at 6:33 pm |
  3. Cole

    Since when in the last 4 decades have conservatives been worried about what the constitution says?

    December 11, 2008 06:42 pm at 6:42 pm |
  4. peakarack

    I think Hillary should be our next president since 99% of new,I mean old people were Clinton people.

    Bobby Jindal 2012!

    December 11, 2008 06:42 pm at 6:42 pm |
  5. Gabriel

    Judicial Watch should be ashamed of their actions and waste of donors money and time! Judicial botched may be a better name for the group!!!
    Pathetic and petty comes to mind when I read this article.
    I guess the dramatic remarks- "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" – is inaccurate and so they ought to fire the genius attorney who told them to say this. It's a technical matter that appears to have been resolved. Oh glory me but for these people really need a life! or maybe they just need to get some donations and will use this nonsense to justify their existence

    December 11, 2008 06:46 pm at 6:46 pm |
  6. Just Plain Tired - St. Louis

    Gosh! I realize none of us can probably afford therapy, but people like Robert NYC and others who can't let go really need help. IT"S OVER, CRY BABIES! Man up or Woman up. Stop the pedestal worshiping of human beings.

    The entire country voted, and quite frankly Hillary fought a less than honorable fight, but she has certainly demonstrated that she is strong, capable, dedicated to serving the country, and a bigger and better woman than many thought. She has been graceful in defeat, and her supporters should be as well.

    For those of us that believe in God, we know that everything happens for a reason. Accept it, please. Wet noodles stiffen up better than some of you whiners.

    December 11, 2008 06:46 pm at 6:46 pm |
  7. Susan in LV

    The less you pay an elected official, the better the chance they'll resort to Chicago style politics.

    December 11, 2008 06:54 pm at 6:54 pm |
  8. Tired of Illinois Politics

    Yeah, she is NOT president!

    December 11, 2008 06:54 pm at 6:54 pm |
  9. Hillary when are you......

    going to pay off your $ 7 million campaign debt? Are you going o run the Sec. of State's office as badly as you ran your campaign?????

    December 11, 2008 07:06 pm at 7:06 pm |
  10. Lolita

    I agree with Robert NYC. But I also have to say it was a hard loss but the race is now over and I for one am so happy that Obama was smart enough to pick Hillary as part of his administration. So let’s be happy for that because I know she is going to do a great job!

    December 11, 2008 07:17 pm at 7:17 pm |
  11. Larry

    The money Bill will be getting now with her new position will far out way any little pay cut-The Clintons will make millions and millions.

    December 11, 2008 07:18 pm at 7:18 pm |
  12. David

    My goodness, Obama won because he is qualified, look at the quality of the campaign he ran. Look with open eyes and you will see a man with much foresight and a keen ability to read road ahead.

    He will lead the US back to her former glory. He absolutely knows what to do and how to be President.

    Remember experience is not everything.

    Clinton is meant to be Secretary of State at this time-this is a more crucial role for her than if she were elected President.

    December 11, 2008 07:37 pm at 7:37 pm |
  13. mb

    Where was this committee when bush and the republicans were stripping the country? This is just a little something, something to make Hillary stronger and better.

    December 11, 2008 07:59 pm at 7:59 pm |
  14. Nick in Las Vegas

    I agree Hillary Clinton would have made a better President but I don't think Obama is going to be a bad one and I am glad he had the wisdom to nominate Mrs. Clinton as S.O.S. Now, I would say the Clinton haters and the Obama haters need to get over it. Seriously, it's politics we will never know who is truely running the show anyway. You think President Bush or his advisers made most of the decisions, seriously think about that?

    December 11, 2008 08:03 pm at 8:03 pm |
  15. Barack

    They should undo the salary cut once immediately she is sworn in as secretary of state. The 5K is her right not a previledge! Long live Hilary!

    December 11, 2008 11:23 pm at 11:23 pm |
  16. donell

    can't we just move on- hillary and barack have...

    December 12, 2008 10:58 pm at 10:58 pm |
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