U.S. Relations

Ambassador Mari Carmen Aponte Finally Secures Senate Confirmation and Will Return to El Salvador

A follow-up on yesterday’s post – the U.S. Senate just confirmed President Obama’s nomination of Mari Carmen Aponte as the new Ambassador to El Salvador. The Senate voted 62-37 to end debate on the nomination and was confirmed just an hour later.

As we mentioned yesterday, the Senate considered her nomination back in December but the Democrats did not have the 60 votes necessary to end the Republican-led filibuster. Today, nine Republicans joined Democrats to secure her confirmation.

The vote is a victory for the Obama campaign, which is courting the Latino vote in order to win swing states such Florida, Nevada, and others. The Administration has been fighting Republicans over the nomination since December 2009, and in 2010 even used a recess appointment to get Carmen Aponte into her position.

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