December 19th, 2008
06:41 PM ET
12 years ago

Bush signs off on Clinton pay cut

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="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. sean

    Is Norma from WI for real................... ? I guess reading and thinking aren't there for her!

    December 19, 2008 10:11 pm at 10:11 pm |
  2. Val

    I take it from reading all of the comments referring to Norma-Wisconsin that she is an idiot.

    December 19, 2008 10:11 pm at 10:11 pm |
  3. Val

    I take it from reading all of the comments referring to Norma-Wisconsin that she is an idiot and out of touch with the events that go on with the rest of the 49 other States in the Union.

    December 19, 2008 10:13 pm at 10:13 pm |
  4. Bob

    Fabian- they are not changing the constitution, they are following the laws of the constitution and reducing the pay for the position of Sec of State in order to comply with the constitution.

    December 19, 2008 10:17 pm at 10:17 pm |
  5. Empty Head

    TO–Empty suit, empty promises December 19th, 2008 1:41 pm ET
    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............Hillary nor Obama gives a Hoot about YOU !!!!

    December 19, 2008 10:18 pm at 10:18 pm |
  6. Karl Rohde (NZ)

    Hilarious. The age old debate of how much politicians get paid with an American twist.

    Perhaps if warmongering USA stopped spending trillions on military and started fixing the problems in it's own back yard, and it's people stopped spending beyond their means the matter of what politicians got paid would become a moot point.

    What are you guys spending per day on troops overseas? Pales compared to the $186,600 Hillary will get paid per year. And how much tax has she and Bill paid over the years, since a lot of you are moaning about your tax dollars?

    If you can do better, do it, and stop belittling the hard work many (not all) politicians do.

    December 19, 2008 10:20 pm at 10:20 pm |
  7. landon

    If you go back and check it has been done before.

    December 19, 2008 10:21 pm at 10:21 pm |
  8. JJ in Chula Vista, CA

    Fabian... re-read what the article actually says and what Bush actually did... and how it relates to Hillary obviously didn't get it.

    December 19, 2008 10:26 pm at 10:26 pm |
  9. adamcuse

    "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."

    How about you and everyone else so eager to have someone else foot the bill give every dollar you earn above poverty level away until all those less fortunate than you are taken care of.

    So sick of the "not-me" society. As long as it is someone else everyone goes along.

    December 19, 2008 10:31 pm at 10:31 pm |
  10. Ed, Santa Fe, NM

    SO WHAT???? $4,700 to the millionaire hag is that $2.00 to me.....


    December 19, 2008 10:35 pm at 10:35 pm |
  11. JLO

    Hillary Clinton was demonized by the left and African-American community (who she supported for many years) for dare raising legitimate questions about Barak Obama during the campaign trail. She deserves that extra $4700.00 as secretary of state.

    December 19, 2008 10:35 pm at 10:35 pm |
  12. chuckthecanuk

    are these posts for real? what a bunch of whiners. your concerned about a high ranking member of your government making a lousy $186k a year? a person who will be keeping the US interests and yours at heart in her every decision in international affairs. it is a small price to pay to have a patriot like her in that position. unlike others in that job in the past. can we all say kiss.........(cough) i am not even an american and even i can see that hillary is more than qualified for this, or any job in the white house. look at the salaries and bonuses of those dolts running the auto companies and wall street companies who are taking billions from the government bail out trough. shake your heads. these guys are the idiots who you should be attacking and demanding their resignations before any bail out money is given. and i see that the hedge fund managers are already telling people to buy those same stocks that just tanked and lost billions of $$$. morons. hillary will do 110% of a job for america i think, after all she knows where a lot of the skeletons are hiding in the white house, so i think many of the crooked republicans are scared as hell she is gonna be there watching them.

    December 19, 2008 10:40 pm at 10:40 pm |
  13. Rick

    Maybe we the people should vote on just how much the Senate and other cabinet members earn. $169,000 for a junior senator – I have the wrong job. Maybe I will run for Senate. It would certainly raise my current standard of living and not have to answer to anyone. So what if I do a lousy job. All I need is one term. Absurd what this country has become.

    December 19, 2008 10:44 pm at 10:44 pm |
  14. Croce

    Fabian, please reread what has occurred since you obviously missed it the first time. Bush has not amended the Constitution. He has done many stupid things during his Presidency, but this time he simply rolled back the pay raise that Congress had approved while Hillary was a member of that Congress. This is an executive right. The original intent of Article I, section 6 of the Constitution is to prevent a member of Congress from personally benefitting from their own vote. This is still the case; nothing has been changed in the Constitution.

    December 19, 2008 10:45 pm at 10:45 pm |
  15. Tom Zabrovsky

    Can people read? The article says that she WON'T earn the extra $4700. The current salary is $191K, but Hillary will make only $186K. She voted to raise the salary of the SOS to $191K, so she can't have the job if she were to get $191K. Bush has lowered the salary to $186K to allow Hillary to take the job. Bush isn't changing the Constitution. He's bringing the salary for Hillary into line with Constitutional requirements.

    December 19, 2008 10:51 pm at 10:51 pm |
  16. GuyInVA

    You tell'em Meiko. Stalin would be proud.

    December 19, 2008 10:57 pm at 10:57 pm |
  17. Ken Nambu

    Joe Texas...please...Bill Clinton is NOT highly respected around the world. George H. W. Bush, on contrast, IS highly respected around the world.

    Hillary will never be president. The democrats sabotaged her campaign because they knew she would never win. She had her chance and it didn't happen. It will never happen.

    Joe Texas...get used to the name "President Palin."

    December 19, 2008 11:04 pm at 11:04 pm |
  18. Blaze

    Honestly...I could really care less. If this was a required step for her to become a Sec of State than so be it. I really don't know what the big deal is all about. As far as I remember she was running to be the president of the US and I don't think she thought she would become the Sec(so for her voting to raise the salary is really not an issue). This is just one of those news flashes that really...should not be stirring up a debate. As far as the pay all of a sudden now its an issue that we are in the crisis???? I don't make much money myself and I wish I was making as much as any politician does but that has been the case for quite a long time. Now can we all just get together, get through these times and do what Americans do best? That is solve problems and push on through? Hope everyone is a having a good day.

    December 19, 2008 11:09 pm at 11:09 pm |
  19. John in Canada

    Wow! I am amazed by how petty and hateful many of the comments are. If it wasn't for the fact that America is the most powerful country in the world the whole thing would be laughable. America really needs to increase the amount of money spent on educating its population. But wait, real education for everyone costs money ... meaning taxes .... so continue to cut off your noses to spite your faces.

    December 19, 2008 11:11 pm at 11:11 pm |
  20. Jeff


    Wake up!! Read a bit more critically. They are not changing the Constitution!! That requires a MUCH more elaborate process that involves the Congress and a super majority of state legislatures.

    Congress (with Clinton as a member) voted to raise the salary of the Secretary of State. The constitution says that a member of Congress cannot raise the salary of any government position and then later take that position (it is meant to protect against Congress voting a raise and then taking that job). What they are doing is reducing the salary back to what it was before the Congress (in which Hillary Clinton was a member) voted to raise it. Then she will be allowed to take that position since the salary wasn't raised by her for her benefit.

    If Congress so chooses, once she takes that office they can vote to raise the salary again (but this time she will not be there to vote for her own raise).

    December 19, 2008 11:16 pm at 11:16 pm |
  21. tardz

    Half the people who have posted comments on this article have not even read the article! Or aren't bright enough to understand it. Read the article before posting, mmmkay? This is just a prerequisite, a workaround, so she serve as SoS.

    And to all those who think she's getting a pay cut... um... 169,300 -> 186,600 would be an INCREASE. Not that the money even matters.

    December 19, 2008 11:21 pm at 11:21 pm |
  22. Texas Teacher

    What? Is Bush at this late hour trying to "make nice?"

    Wonders never cease.... 🙂

    December 19, 2008 11:22 pm at 11:22 pm |
  23. eric

    Hillary rules. Her husband, well not the best morally but better than a war monger like a Bush, who I voted for like an ape TWICE. Thanks Republicans, thanks for setting me up for years to only fall flat on our butts with a candidate like McFail and whatever the heck Sarah Palin was. You now see how her life, kids and choices are shaping up. Pure scandal is what you could've signed up for.
    And Bush, well no matter how many FIX/CNN interviews he has saying, " I regret....." will ever take away from the sheer lack of qualifications to actually BE in the position of Commander in Chief this guy had.
    Not sure if I'll ever be back in that party again and I'm actually glad about that. God's cool with my decision btw kthx.

    December 19, 2008 11:23 pm at 11:23 pm |
  24. Leon in WI

    Who's Hillary Clinton, isn't she the LOSER from the last election!!!!

    December 19, 2008 11:26 pm at 11:26 pm |
  25. Missy

    Seriously, folks, try actually READING. If you're not sure of your comprehension skills, keep re-reading the article until you do, and before you make a comment that is just moronic.

    This has absolutely NOTHING to do with the Constitution.

    It's time for folks to realize kindergarten was a long time ago and most of us left the bickering and childishness behind long ago. Let's use our energy for addressing the real problems our country is facing, not this partisanship grandstanding so many are STILL embroiled in.

    It's time to come together and put aside childish differences and get serious about solving what has been going wrong within our great country.

    December 19, 2008 11:29 pm at 11:29 pm |
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