Though it’s no deal-breaker, it turns out there is a constitutional problem with President-elect Barack Obama’s apparent choice of Sen. Hillary Clinton, D-N.Y., as secretary of state. “The Constitution forbids the appointment of members of Congress to administration jobs if the salary of the job they’d take was raised while they were in Congress,” reports MSNBC’s First Read blog. Not that past presidents have cared much about this roadblock, which, for example, Bill Clinton faced in nominating then-Sen. Lloyd Bentsen to be Treasury secretary. Usually, Congress just returns the salary of the Cabinet post in question to its level prior to the raise the nominee voted on, though some scholars say that maneuver still doesn’t clear the constitutional bar.
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