Nomination of Mari Carmen Aponte Vote Recap

Last Thursday, the Senate re-voted – yes, you read that right, re-voted! – on the nomination of Mari Carmen Aponte to be the Ambassador to the Republic of El Salvador. In December, the nomination was rejected due to Ms. Aponte’s former relationship with a high-ranking Cuban spy and an opinion piece she wrote questioning the religious and pro-family culture of Salvadorans. This time, however, 8 Senators switched their votes from NO to YES. As a result, the Senate invoked cloture on her re-nomination, paving the way for confirmation. The vote results are listed below, along with a list of the Republicans who voted incorrectly (no Democrats voted against her nomination):

*Click here to see the vote results from December

The Nomination of Mari Carmen Aponte: Passed by a vote of 62-37
Heritage Action: NO

Republicans Voting Incorrectly:
Sen. Kelly Ayotte (NH) (Voted correctly in December)
Sen. Scott Brown (MA)
Sen. Susan Collins (ME)
Sen. Lindsey Graham (SC) (Did not vote in December)
Sen. Dick Lugar (IN) (Voted correctly in December)
Sen. John McCain (AZ) (Voted correctly in December)
Sen. Lisa Murkowski (AK) (Voted correctly in December)
Sen. Marco Rubio (FL) (Voted correctly in December)
Sen. Olympia Snowe (ME) (Voted correctly in December)

Democrats switching from “nay” to “yea”:
Sen. Ben Nelson (NE) (Voted correctly in December)
Sen. Harry Reid (NV) (Voted correctly in December)

Democrats Voting Correctly:
None

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