House warns Kerry he could be 1/16,000th poorer

July 25, 2013 8:58:59 AM

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WASHINGTON -- Republican lawmakers are threatening to withhold salary representing less than one-sixteen thousandth of multimillionaire Secretary of State John Kerry's net worth. 

 

The House Appropriations Committee's measure demands Kerry's agency implement recommendations of a U.S. investigator for Afghan reconstruction. If the State Department doesn't report progress, he loses a quarter of his salary for three months next year. 

 

The conditions also apply to the U.S. special envoy to Afghanistan. 

 

For Kerry, whose assets totaled at least $184 million according to a 2011 Senate disclosure, it hardly matters. 

 

His wife, Teresa Heinz Kerry, is reportedly worth more than $1 billion. 

 

And the family made more money when billionaire Warren Buffett bought out ketchup maker H.J. Heinz Co. earlier this year.