McConnell moves to wrap up energy bill
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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellGun proposal picks up GOP support Children’s health-care bill faces new obstacles Dems see Trump as potential ally on gun reform MORE (R-Ky.) is moving the upper chamber toward ending its debate on a wide-ranging energy reform proposal.  

 
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The move means senators will take a procedural vote on Thursday, with Sen. John CornynJohn CornynGun proposal picks up GOP support House bill set to reignite debate on warrantless surveillance Republicans jockey for position on immigration MORE (R-Texas) telling reporters, separately, that they hope to finish work on the bill that day as well. 
 
But to make that happen, leadership will need to get a time agreement or consent from every senator to either speed up the votes or skip over procedural hurdles that could otherwise threaten to drag out consideration of the energy bill.
 
While senators have voted on dozens of amendments to the legislation, Democrats are pushing Republicans to include linking the proposal to the drinking water crisis in Flint, Mich.
 
"[The] same Republicans that call for relief when their states face natural disasters are disparaging government action in Flint," Senate Minority Leader Harry ReidHarry ReidChris Murphy’s profile rises with gun tragedies Republicans are headed for a disappointing end to their year in power Obama's HHS secretary could testify in Menendez trial MORE (D-Nev.) said from the floor on Tuesday. "I hope Senate Republicans will support our efforts to protect the people of Flint." 
 
Senate Democrats have offered an amendment that would give up to $600 million in federal assistance, though some Republicans have raised concerns about tying what they view as a local issue to the energy bill.