Secretary of State Salary Cut for Clinton

December 11, 2008 - 1:07 PM
Hillary Rodham Clinton will earn less money if confirmed as secretary of state than her predecessor, Condoleezza Rice.

Senate Foreign Relations ranking member Sen. Richard Lugar, R-Ind., meets with Secretary of State nominee Hillary Rodham Clinton, D-N.Y., Wednesday, Dec. 10, 2008, on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Lauren Victoria Burke)

Washington (AP) - Hillary Rodham Clinton will earn less money if confirmed as secretary of state than her predecessor, Condoleezza Rice.
 
That's because Congress has cut her future salary for the Cabinet post by about $4,700 to comply with an obscure clause in the Constitution. Under it, no member of Congress can be appointed to a government job that would provide a pay increase during the lawmaker's current term.
 
Rice makes $191,300. Congress Wednesday night rolled back the salary that the next secretary of state will get to $186,600, the salary that was in place when Clinton began her current Senate term in January, 2007.
 
As a senator, Clinton currently makes $169,300.