United States Senate Fails to Confirm Ambassador Mari Carmen Aponte to Her Position

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December 16, 2011                                                     

United States Senate Fails to Confirm Ambassador Mari Carmen Aponte to Her Position

Washington, DC – Earlier this week the U.S. Senate voted on the confirmation of Mari Carmen Aponte as Ambassador to El Salvador.  She was first nominated by President Obama to serve as U.S. Ambassador to El Salvador on December 9, 2009, and after a lengthy delay, she was recess appointed to that post on August 19, 2010. She was re‐nominated at the beginning of the 112th Congress. Without full Senate confirmation of her nomination before Congress adjourns this month, she will have to come home prematurely – leaving her significant work in El Salvador unfinished, alienating our allies, and running counter to U.S. interests.

“The HNBA has been proud to support Ambassador Aponte’s candidacy and we have benefitted through our long history from her talent and leadership. It is a shame that this highly qualified and effective diplomat was not confirmed this week by the U.S. Senate,” stated Benny Agosto, Jr., HNBA National President.

“Ambassador Aponte has already fulfilled her duty exceptionally well for a year, promoting the democratic and economic values of the U.S. effectively before the Salvadorian government and community. It is a shame that her confirmation is a casualty of politics, as it is a loss for our country if she is forced to return from that post in the absence of a full Senate confirmation,” said Mr. Agosto.

Ambassador Aponte was HNBA National President in 1984-85. Afterwards she continued to mentor Latinos and Latinas throughout the country. She is a member of the HNBA Standing Commission on Latinas in the Legal Profession and has been recognized with the HNBA Lifetime Achievement Award.


Vote Breakdown – Cloture vote on nomination of Mari Carmen Aponte:

YEAs — 49

  • Akaka (D-HI)
  • Begich (D-AK)
  • Bennet (D-CO)
  • Bingaman (D-NM)
  • Blumenthal (D-CT)
  • Boxer (D-CA)
  • Brown (D-OH)
  • Brown (R-MA)
  • Cantwell (D-WA)
  • Cardin (D-MD)
  • Carper (D-DE)
  • Casey (D-PA)
  • Collins (R-ME)
  • Conrad (D-ND)
  • Coons (D-DE)
  • Durbin (D-IL)
  • Feinstein (D-CA)
  • Franken (D-MN)
  • Gillibrand (D-NY)
  • Hagan (D-NC)
  • Harkin (D-IA)
  • Inouye (D-HI)
  • Johnson (D-SD)
  • Kerry (D-MA)
  • Klobuchar (D-MN)
  • Kohl (D-WI)
  • Landrieu (D-LA)
  • Lautenberg (D-NJ)
  • Leahy (D-VT)
  • Levin (D-MI)
  • Lieberman (ID-CT)
  • Manchin (D-WV)
  • McCaskill (D-MO)
  • Menendez (D-NJ)
  • Murray (D-WA)
  • Nelson (D-FL)
  • Pryor (D-AR)
  • Reed (D-RI)
  • Rockefeller (D-WV)
  • Sanders (I-VT)
  • Schumer (D-NY)
  • Shaheen (D-NH)
  • Stabenow (D-MI)
  • Tester (D-MT)
  • Udall (D-CO)
  • Udall (D-NM)
  • Warner (D-VA)
  • Webb (D-VA)
  • Whitehouse (D-RI)

NAYs — 37

  • Alexander (R-TN)
  • Ayotte (R-NH)
  • Barrasso (R-WY)
  • Boozman (R-AR)
  • Chambliss (R-GA)
  • Coats (R-IN)
  • Cochran (R-MS)
  • Corker (R-TN)
  • Crapo (R-ID)
  • DeMint (R-SC)
  • Enzi (R-WY)
  • Grassley (R-IA)
  • Hatch (R-UT)
  • Hoeven (R-ND)
  • Hutchison (R-TX)
  • Inhofe (R-OK)
  • Isakson (R-GA)
  • Johanns (R-NE)
  • Johnson (R-WI)
  • Kyl (R-AZ)
  • Lugar (R-IN)
  • McCain (R-AZ)
  • McConnell (R-KY)
  • Murkowski (R-AK)
  • Nelson (D-NE)
  • Paul (R-KY)
  • Portman (R-OH)
  • Risch (R-ID)
  • Roberts (R-KS)
  • Rubio (R-FL)
  • Sessions (R-AL)
  • Shelby (R-AL)
  • Snowe (R-ME)
  • Toomey (R-PA)
  • Vitter (R-LA)
  • Wicker (R-MS)

*Sen. Reid had to vote Nay in order to be able to re-introduce the motion.


Not Voting — 14

  • Baucus (D-MT)
  • Blunt (R-MO)
  • Burr (R-NC)
  • Coburn (R-OK)
  • Cornyn (R-TX)
  • Graham (R-SC)
  • Heller (R-NV)
  • Kirk (R-IL)
  • Lee (R-UT)
  • Merkley (D-OR)
  • Mikulski (D-MD)
  • Moran (R-KS)
  • Thune (R-SD)
  • Wyden (D-OR)


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