Thursday, March 24, 2016

Manchin to hold town hall on Supreme Court nominee

(AP) — Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin is in West Virginia to hear from his red-state constituents about President Obama's Supreme Court choice.

Thursday's town-hall meeting coincides with TV ads by the conservative Judicial Crisis Network targeting Manchin. They say the nominee, Merrick Garland, threatens coal and gun rights.

Obama nominated Garland to fill the vacancy left by conservative Justice Antonin Scalia's death.

Republican Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says the Senate won't consider a nominee until the new president picks someone. Manchin wants a vote but hasn't taken a stance on Garland.

On the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, Garland has often sided with Environmental Protection Agency regulations. He's also voted to review a decision that had struck down restrictions on gun rights in the District of Columbia.