The lame-duck Congress has cleared away an obscure constitutional hurdle to Hillary Clinton taking the post of secretary of state.
Under the provision, no member of Congress can be appointed to a government job whose salary was raised during the lawmaker's current term.
Congress increased the salary for current Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice to $191,300 a year.
The Associated Press reports that Wednesday night, Congress rolled back the salary that the next secretary of state will get to $186,600 -- what was in place when Clinton began her current Senate term in January 2007.
Clinton foes had pumped up the issue, saying it made her ineligible for the office.
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