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

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

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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