What if you got promoted, but the new job came with a pay cut? That’s Hillary Clinton’s situation, reports the Boston Globe. The Senate is planning to reverse a $5,000 January raise for the secretary of State to sidestep a constitutional clause that forbids members of Congress from taking government jobs whose salary has gone up during their elected term. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has said she plans to go along.
This constitutional trick has been performed before; Sen. William Saxbe took a pay hit in 1973 so he could become attorney general. Still, some on the right are complaining. While Clinton "clearly had grander ambitions when the law was signed," the Wall Street Journal editorializes, “It is no small matter to ignore the Constitution's direct words.”