Hillary Clinton Will Earn Less Than Condoleezza Rice As Secretary Of State

01/11/2009 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Congress has lowered the salary for America's most senior diplomatic post to keep Mrs Clinton's nomination within the US constitution.

A section of the latter called the Emoluments Clause states that no member of Congress can be appointed to a government post if that job's pay was increased during the lawmaker's current term.

Mrs Clinton, a New York senator, might have been ineligible to serve as secretary of state because she was serving in Congress when Miss Rice's salary was raised to its current level of $191,300.

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