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Senate Clears Hillary Hurdle

The Senate quickly and quietly approved a measure Wednesday evening that will help ensure Hillary Clinton becomes the next Secretary of State.

By a voice vote, the chamber approved a resolution reducing the Secretary of State's pay to its January 2007 level. The unusual move was necessary to comply with the obscure emoluments clause of the Constitution, which prohibits a member of Congress from being appointed to positions that saw a pay increase during that lawmaker's tenure.

After anticipated House passage, Clinton's confirmation will be on track in the Senate for early next year.

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