Menendez wants vote on ambassador to Mexico

Sen. Bob MenendezRobert MenendezThe Mideast-focused Senate letter we need to see Taiwan deserves to participate in United Nations The way forward on the Iran nuclear deal under President Trump 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 RubioSenate panel could pass new Russia sanctions this summer McConnell on Trump: 'We could do with a little less drama' Taking the easy layup: Why brain cancer patients depend on it 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 FlakeDems plot recess offensive on ObamaCare Lawmakers reintroduce measure to lift Cuba travel restrictions Majority of Senate supports Cuban tourism bill MORE (R-Ariz.) and Tom UdallTom UdallVA eyes building closures to boost care under Trump GOP senator: FCC must explain 'manhandling' reporter Senate Dems warn Trump admin shows 'pattern of hostility' to press MORE (D-N.M.).