LULAC Applauds the Senate Confirmation of Maria Del Carmen Aponte as Ambassador to El Salvador
June 14, 2012
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Washington, D.C. – Today, in a 62-37 vote the Senate put aside party politics and approved the confirmation of Maria Del Carmen Aponte as the U.S. Ambassador to El Salvador. This is the second time the Senate Chamber considered the nomination.
“Ambassador Aponte has served her country well and today the Senate agreed that she is the most qualified individual and confirmed her appointment as the U.S. Ambassador to El Salvador,” stated LULAC National President Margaret Moran. “Aponte has a proven record of being an effective advocate for a safer El Salvador, has advanced the economic prosperity for both countries, and has earned the respect and trust from the people of El Salvador, and from political leaders across the Western Hemisphere. Today, party politics was put aside for what was in the best interest of the country. On behalf of the largest and oldest Latino civil rights organization, we proudly support the confirmation.”
Ambassador Aponte was born in Puerto Rico and before her appointment by President Obama in 2010 she was a Washington-based attorney. As Ambassador, she successfully negotiated a Par Partnership for Growth between the United States and El Salvador which is critical to our economic and national security interests in the region.
The League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) is the nation’s largest and oldest civil rights volunteer-based organization that empowers Hispanic Americans and builds strong Latino communities. Headquartered in Washington, DC, with 900 councils around the United States and Puerto Rico, LULAC’s programs, services and advocacy address the most important issues for Latinos, meeting critical needs of today and the future. For more information, visit www.lulac.org.