Photo: U.S. Embassy/El Salvador
The Hispanic National Bar Association (HNBA) thanks the bipartisan group of Senators who, on a 62 to 37 vote, ended a filibuster that had blocked the confirmation of Mari Carmen Aponte as U.S. Ambassador to El Salvador. Aponte served in the position for one year following a recess appointment and amassed impressive economic, civil rights, and national security successes. Despite this record, her confirmation in the Senate was held up for months by party-line votes and filibusters.
Following Thursday’s vote, Benny Agosto, President of HNBA, issued the following statement:
“The Senate advanced the national security of the United States today by confirming the appointment of Ambassador Mari Carmen Aponte, a proven steward of American diplomacy who will build upon her litany of military, law enforcement, and economic successes achieved during her recess appointment tenure. We salute the Senators who voted for progress, stability, and advancement of our global competitiveness when they voted affirmatively for Ambassador Aponte.
“The HNBA pays tribute to a true pioneer, Ambassador Aponte, our first Latina HNBA President who will build upon the invaluable foundation of consensus and diplomacy she began in El Salvador during her initial recess tenure. Ambassador Aponte’s vast legal experience in the private, public and non-profit sectors will provide the foundation for her effective consensus building. The HNBA lauds the bipartisan efforts of the Senators who voted in favor of Ambassador Aponte and recognized her uncompromising work ethic and service to our nation. She is without question deserving of this honor.”