Democrats are planning to tie the water crisis in Flint, Mich., to a bipartisan energy bill currently before the Senate.
Senate Dems link Flint crisis to energy bill
Senate Minority Leader Harry ReidHarry ReidGOP groups ride to rescue in 3 key Senate races Obama seeks down-ballot gains after being midterm loser Reid: 'I have set the Senate' for nuclear option MORE (D-Nev.) told reporters Wednesday that they would offer an amendment to Sen. Lisa MurkowskiLisa MurkowskiWriting in Mike Pence won’t do any good in these states GOP senators avoid Trump questions on rigged election Trump campaign left out of Alaska voter guide MORE's (R-Alaska) legislation but remained tightlipped about the details.
"The issue is what do we do about Flint?" he told reporters. "We want something to be done, because this is an issue that's going to come back."
Asked about what would be included in the amendment, Sen. Dick DurbinDick DurbinGreat Lakes senators seek boost for maritime system Wikileaks: Durbin pushed unknown Warren for Obama bank regulator The Hill's 12:30 Report MORE (D-Ill.) said that the proposal will be unveiled at noon Thursday and suggested that it would be related to trying to "protect children from water that is deadly."
"The next time someone stands in front of this mic and starts railing against government regulation, I hope you will mention two words to them: Flint, Michigan," he added, declining to go further into detail.
The comments come after Democrats discussed the water crisis during their weekly party lunches, with Sen. Gary Peters (D-Mich.) updating lawmakers on the situation in Michigan and what Michigan lawmakers are trying to do in response.
Peters and Sen. Debbie StabenowDebbie StabenowGreat Lakes senators seek boost for maritime system Podesta floated Bill Gates, Bloomberg as possible Clinton VPs Dems to McConnell: Pass 'clean' extension of Iran sanctions MORE (D-Mich.) and Rep. Dan Kildee (D-Mich.), separately, are introducing legislation that would clarify when the Environmental Protection Agency would need to tell the public if they are at risk from lead in their water system.
The Democrats' announcement comes after environmental and human rights groups said Wednesday that they are suing Michigan officials, suggesting they didn't do enough to address the water crisis.