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Byrd’s Office Explores Constitutionality of Sen. Clinton Serving as Sec. of Stat

Discussion in 'News & Current Events' started by carpro, Dec 6, 2008.

  1. carpro

    carpro Well-Known Member
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    Oct 14, 2004
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    Byrd’s Office Explores Constitutionality of Sen. Clinton Serving as Secretary of State

    Thursday, December 04, 2008
    By Fred Lucas, Staff Writer

    (CNSNews.com) - The Senate’s senior member and staunchest constitutional advocate on the Democratic side of the aisle, Robert Byrd of West Virginia, is exploring whether Sen. Hillary Clinton (D-N.Y.) is eligible to become secretary of state in the Obama administration.

    The question of eligibility arises from Article 1, Section 6 of the Constitution. It says that no member of Congress can be appointed to a civil office that benefited from a salary increase during the time that House or Senate member served. On Jan. 4, 2008, President Bush signed an executive order raising the salaries of cabinet secretaries from $186,600 to $191,300, a cost of living adjustment.

    Constitutional scholars who spoke to CNSNews.com agreed this issue is a valid one in the confirmation process of Clinton, who President-elect Barack Obama announced Monday would be his nominee for secretary of state.
  2. tinytim

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    Oct 31, 2003
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    I heard about this the other day..
    But it will go through anyway.. a similar situation occured under Nixon, and it set the precedent.. she will have to either take a pay cut back to the previous salary amount.. or the fact that the senate didn't vote on the payraise will exempt her from it.. (it was an executive order)

    Like I said, Nixon got by with it... it will happen again.

    Wow.. I just compared Obama to Nixon.. now that's a first!