Menendez wants vote on ambassador to Mexico

Sen. Bob MenendezRobert (Bob) MenendezPoll: Menendez has 17-point lead over GOP challenger Russian attacks on America require bipartisan response from Congress Justice Dept intends to re-try Menendez in corruption case MORE (D-N.J.) said Wednesday the Senate should hold a vote to confirm Roberta Jacobson, President Obama’s nominee to serve as U.S. ambassador to Mexico.

Menendez said he would vote against Jacobson, but argued she should get a vote from the full Senate.

“I don't have a hold on her,” he told The Hill. “My solution is we'll have a vote on her.”

Obama nominated Jacobson in June to replace Ambassador Earl Anthony Wayne, who left his post on July 31, 2015.

Sen. Marco RubioMarco Antonio RubioSenate confirms Trump’s pick to lead NASA The Hill's 12:30 Report Steps Congress can take to defend America against foreign influence operations MORE (R-Fla.) has publicly opposed Jacobson’s nomination, citing her role in the administration's failure to complete Joaquín "El Chapo" Guzmán's extradition from Mexico, her representation of Venezuela's political situation before the Senate, and her role in Cuban rapprochement.

Menendez has also opposed her nomination, but he denied multiple reports that he has blocked her nomination.

“I intend to vote against her because of a series of things that happened not related to Cuba, not related to Mexico," Menendez said Wednesday.

He connected his opposition to issues related to Venezuela and a “lack of information” on "a variety of other issues within her jurisdiction."

Jacobson was supported by the Senate Foreign Relations Committee by a bipartisan 12-7 vote in November, with strong support from Sens. Jeff FlakeJeffrey (Jeff) Lane FlakeHeitkamp becomes first Dem to back Pompeo for secretary of State Duckworth brings her baby to Senate vote, drawing a crowd Senate confirms Trump’s pick to lead NASA MORE (R-Ariz.) and Tom UdallThomas (Tom) Stewart UdallDem senators unveil expanded public option for health insurance Overnight Energy: Watchdogs unveil findings on EPA, Interior controversies | GAO says EPA violated law with soundproof booth | IG says Zinke could have avoided charter flight | GOP chair probes Pruitt's four email addresses GAO: EPA violated law with Pruitt's soundproof booth MORE (D-N.M.).