Menendez wants vote on ambassador to Mexico

Sen. Bob MenendezRobert (Bob) MenendezSenate ethics panel resumes Menendez probe after judge declares mistrial Judge declares mistrial in Menendez bribery case Menendez jury deadlocked, ordered to keep trying 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 RubioRyan pledges 'entitlement reform' in 2018 Richard Gere welcomes lawmakers' words of support for Tibet Dem lawmaker gives McConnell's tax reform op-ed a failing grade 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 FlakeGOP strategist donates to Alabama Democrat Sasse: RNC help for Roy Moore 'doesn't make any sense' Sasse calls RNC decision to resume support for Moore 'bad' and 'sad' MORE (R-Ariz.) and Tom UdallThomas (Tom) Stewart UdallAvalanche of Democratic senators say Franken should resign Dem senator slams Trump's 'moral authority' after 'Pocahontas' remark Overnight Cybersecurity: Kushner was contacted about WikiLeaks before election | Tech experts blast Trump's 'extreme vetting' plan | Senate passes defense bill with measure to modernize feds' IT MORE (D-N.M.).