Senate Democrats meet with moderate holdouts on voting rights but no sign of breakthrough
Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer speaks during a news conference on Capitol Hill on Tuesday, Jan. 4, 2022, in Washington, DC. - Los Angeles Times/TNS

Senate Democrats met with moderate holdout lawmakers Wednesday to push for a deal that could allow passage of voting rights legislation before a self-imposed deadline, but there was little sign of a breakthrough. Majority Leader Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) and nine colleagues met for an hour with Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.V.) and others met for even longer with Sen. Kyrsten Sinema (D-Ariz.) in hopes of finding a way to pass the sweeping measures with a simple majority vote. “We’re trying to come to a place where 50 senators can support two bills, the Freedom to Vote Act, and the John Lewis Act, an...