Menendez wants vote on ambassador to Mexico

Sen. Bob MenendezRobert (Bob) MenendezJustice Dept intends to re-try Menendez in corruption case DACA is neither bipartisan nor in America's interest Senate DACA deal picks up GOP supporters 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.

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“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 RubioColbert: Students taking action on gun violence 'give me hope' Lawmakers feel pressure on guns Florida lawmaker's aide fired after claiming shooting survivors were 'actors' 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 FlakeFlake to try to force vote on DACA stopgap plan Congress punts fight over Dreamers to March Outgoing GOP rep: Republican Party 'heading into trouble' in election MORE (R-Ariz.) and Tom UdallThomas (Tom) Stewart UdallCongress fails miserably: For Asian-Americans, immigration proposals are personal attacks Senate rejects centrist immigration bill after Trump veto threat Dem senators want list of White House officials with interim security clearances MORE (D-N.M.).