- Associated Press - Tuesday, April 5, 2016

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin will meet with President Barack Obama’s Supreme Court nominee.

The Democrat scheduled the meeting Tuesday at his Senate office in Washington.

Obama nominated Merrick 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.

The conservative Judicial Crisis Network has targeted Manchin in TV ads. They say Garland threatens coal and gun rights.


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