Menendez wants vote on ambassador to Mexico

Sen. Bob MenendezRobert MenendezCarson likely to roll back housing equality rule Live coverage: Tillerson's hearing for State Booker to join Foreign Relations Committee 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 RubioGOP, Dems hear different things from Trump Senate committee to vote Monday on Tillerson Tillerson met with top State official: report 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 FlakeJeff FlakeLive coverage of Trump's inauguration Under Trump, the disruptors return to Washington (that's a good thing) 9 GOP senators Trump must watch out for MORE (R-Ariz.) and Tom UdallTom UdallPaul, Lee call on Trump to work with Congress on foreign policy Senate takes first step toward repealing ObamaCare Tillerson discloses assets worth up to 0M MORE (D-N.M.).