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   Hillary Clinton passed on Appropriations chair to become Obama's Secretary of State

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11/30/2008 4:00 pm

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New York Daily News

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Entered 11/30/2008, Updated 11/30/2008

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New York Daily News. Excerpt... "Hillary Clinton passed on becoming boss of the superpowerful Senate Appropriations Committee to pursue the more prestigious secretary of state job with President-elect Barack Obama, the Daily News has learned. As chairwoman of the panel that controls the nation's purse strings, Clinton could have pumped billions in federal dollars into the Empire State. Instead, as Obama continues to piece together his cabinet, Clinton is poised to become the third female secretary of state, following Madeleine Albright and Condoleezza Rice. The Senate slot was offered as a consolation prize after her bruising White House race and snub from Sen. Edward Kennedy (D-Mass.), who refused to let the former First Lady join his health care task force. "Kennedy wasn't happy about how some things were handled in the campaign, but it was really a seniority issue. Hillary didn't have the seniority" - and hence the clout - to shepherd health care through the Senate, said a source familiar with the matter. "Kennedy knew it and [Senate Democratic leader] Harry Reid knew it," the source added. Kennedy grew increasingly irritated with Bill Clinton during the Democratic primary for his hot rhetoric directed at Obama. This month, Clinton pleaded her case with Reid to win a spot on Kennedy's task force, which will shape Senate's legislation on health care - a pet issue for her. But Reid told her "he didn't think it was doable," said a source familiar with the discussion."


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