Rubio remotely blocks Mexico ambassador nominee while campaigning

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Sen. Marco RubioMarco RubioThe Trail 2016: Warren takes VP batting practice Abortion ruling roils race for the White House, Senate US, Mexico have mutual ambassadors for first time in over a year MORE (R-Fla.) on Thursday remotely blocked the Senate from confirming President Obama's ambassador to Mexico, even though he is campaigning in South Carolina.

Sen. Tom UdallTom UdallThe Hill's 12:30 Report Overnight Energy: Senate spending bill takes aim at EPA rules Senate spending bill trims EPA spending, blocks regs MORE (D-N.M.) tried to get unanimous consent to confirm Roberta Jacobson, who was nominated in June. Sen. Mike LeeMike LeeGOP senator pushes Trump to adopt 'constitutional agenda' Waterways bill eyed as solution for Flint No reason why women shouldn't be drafted MORE (R-Utah) objected, noting that he was doing so on behalf of Rubio, a GOP presidential candidate.

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Jacobson, who is currently the State Department's assistant secretary for Western Hemisphere affairs, has drawn flack from Republicans and some Democrats over her role in leading the Obama administration's negotiations with Cuba to restore relations. 
 
Rubio has repeatedly criticized the president's handling of the island country, suggesting Obama is relaxing decades-old travel and trade rules without requiring political or human rights reforms in return. 
 
He also wrote a letter to Jacobson last month about reports that a Hellfire missile was sent to Cuba after being used during a European training exercise. 
 
"The fact that the administration, including you, have apparently tried to withhold this information from the congressional debate and public discussion over U.S.-Cuba policy is disgraceful," he said at the time. 
 
A State Department official said Congress was briefed on the issue in February 2015.
 
Udall, separately, defended Jacobson, calling her a "highly qualified career nominee." 
 
"She's ready to serve. She has solid support on both sides of the aisle," he said.
 
Rubio isn't the only 2016 GOP presidential candidate that has recently blocked Obama's nominees. Sen. Ted CruzTed CruzTrump hires ex-Cruz aide as communications director Overnight Tech: Judiciary leaders question internet transition plan | Clinton to talk tech policy | Snowden's robot | Trump's big digital push Kasich doesn't expect to speak at convention MORE (R-Texas) blocked State Department nominees three times since last week over the Iran nuclear deal. 

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