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US Senate panel approves ambassador to Mexico nominee

Senate panel OKs nominee for ambassador to Mexico over mostly Republican objections

US Senate panel approves ambassador to Mexico nominee

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Senate Foreign Relations Committee has approved President Barack Obama's nominee to be the U.S. ambassador to Mexico.

The committee voted 12-7 on Tuesday to send to the Senate the nomination of Roberta Jacobson, the current assistant secretary of state for Western Hemisphere affairs.

Democratic Sen. Bob Menendez and six Republicans, including presidential candidate Marco Rubio, were opposed.

Rubio says Jacobson failed to provide documents he requested during her confirmation process and didn't answer questions about the extradition of fugitive Mexican drug boss Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman.

Rubio says that Jacobson eventually said the Obama administration didn't formally request his extradition until June 2015, one year and four months after he was arrested and a month before he escaped in July from a Mexican prison.

Updated : 2021-09-22 18:26 GMT+08:00