WASHINGTON — Senate Democratic leaders are trying to force a vote this week on a bill that would let bankruptcy judges modify mortgages — even though they do not appear to have enough support to pass it.

The plan has political analysts scratching their heads. The measure's chief sponsor, Sen. Richard Durbin, has steadfastly fought all year for the bill and has been negotiating on it for weeks with the largest banking companies, including Bank of America Corp. and JPMorgan Chase & Co.

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