Manchin, Sinema to meet with Biden in talks to trim $3.5T

WASHINGTON (AP) — Two key Democratic senators are expected to meet with President Joe Biden at the White House as he works to trim his $3.5 trillion government overhaul. Biden is set to meet separately with Sens. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., and Sen. Kyrsten Sinema, D-Ariz., according to a person granted anonymity to discuss the private meetings. The two centrist Democratic senators are in many ways the linchpin for the final legislative package. Both have balked at the price tag and are now under pressure to show Biden what size package they could live with. This as Democrats also work to avoid a federal shutdown after Republicans blocked a routine funding bill.