Senate panel approves ambassador to Mexico nominee

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Posted: Nov 10, 2015 2:15 PM

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 of New Jersey and six Republicans, including presidential candidate Marco Rubio, were opposed.

Rubio of Florida 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.