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WASHINGTON, DC – Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) Chair Marcia L. Fudge (OH-11), CBC Africa taskforce co-Chairs Rep. Gregory Meeks (NY-05) and Rep. Karen Bass (CA-37)  released the following statements urging the Senate to confirm pending nominees for ambassadorships to African nations. Each nominee has awaited a Senate vote for more than 200 days:

CBC Chair Marcia L. Fudge: “Once again, the Senate has allowed partisanship to obstruct the democratic process. In this case, this obstruction compromises critical foreign affairs and U.S. national security interests on the African continent and around the world. Currently, State Department nominees comprise more than 22 percent of all pending nominees in the Senate, with the average nominee having waited more than seven months for a vote.For more than 300 days, the Senate has refused to confirm ten qualified nominees for ambassadorships to African nations, including countries that could be instrumental in countering terrorism on the continent. As reports have noted, Boko Haram has terrorized Nigeria and surrounding nations since 2009, and it is speculated that the organization may have moved the most recent group of nearly 300 girls kidnapped from Nigeria into bordering nations. We need the cooperation from the Nigerian government as well as other countries within the African Union to stop the growth of terrorist organizations and the horrific actions they have taken against innocent children and their families.Ensuring diplomatic relationships with these nations and others, requires building and sustaining a strong U.S. presence. We must not let partisan games to impede our commitment to Africa and to impair our legacy of protecting human rights around the world. The Congressional Black Caucus strongly urges Senate leadership to bring these nominees to a vote without further delay.”

Rep. Gregory Meeks: “I urge the Senate to put aside partisan disagreements and move to confirm ambassadorships of these well qualified candidates to African nations. During this critical time our nation is working closely with Nigeria and other countries to find the young women who were kidnapped and combat the threat of terrorism in the region. Thus, we must have a well-established presence and not falter in our commitments, let’s confirm these ambassadors with no further delay.”

Rep. Karen Bass: “With the attention of the world focusing on Africa, it is absolutely essential that the United States have full representation in African nations. The United States is taking up several important issues involving countries in Africa including trade negotiations, fighting terrorism, addressing human rights abuses, investing in infrastructure, and fighting international human trafficking. President Obama has fulfilled his constitutional requirement by nominating qualified diplomats to fill these posts. Now Republicans in the Senate need to fulfill their duties and allow these diplomats a vote so they can represent the United States.”

The following nominees for ambassadorships to African nations have been awaiting a Senate vote for more than 200 days:

  • Tom Daughton (Namibia) – 311 days, nominated 6/30/2013
  • John Hoover (Sierra Leone) – 301 days, nominated 7/10/2013
  • Michael Hoza (Cameroon) – 280 days, nominated 7/31/2013
  • Eunice Reddick (Niger) – 280 days, nominated 7/31/2013
  • Matthew Harrington (Lesotho) – 279 days, nominated 8/1/2013
  • Larry Andre (Mauritania) – 238 days, nominated 9/11/2013
  • Helen La Lime (Angola) – 238 days, nominated 9/11/2013
  • Cynthia Akuetteh (Gabon) – 232 days, nominated 9/17/2013
  • Eric Schultz (Zambia) – 232 days, nominated 9/17/2013
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