Reid pushes for Flint aid as energy bill nears finish line
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Senate Minority Leader Harry ReidHarry ReidBill O'Reilly: Politics helped kill Kate Steinle, Zarate just pulled the trigger Tax reform is nightmare Déjà vu for Puerto Rico Ex-Obama and Reid staffers: McConnell would pretend to be busy to avoid meeting with Obama MORE (D-Nev.) is urging lawmakers to attach aid for the Flint, Mich., drinking water crisis to a wide-ranging energy bill. 

"Before we rush off into the congratulatory phase of this legislation, there has to be an opportunity to work something out on Flint, Michigan, and the tremendous problems they have," the Democratic leader said Wednesday. 

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Reid's comments come as Democrats, led by Michigan Sens. Debbie StabenowDeborah (Debbie) Ann StabenowThe Hill's 12:30 Report Avalanche of Democratic senators say Franken should resign Democrats to Trump: Ask Forest Service before shrinking monuments MORE and Gary Peters, have been working to include assistance for Flint in the energy reform legislation from Sens. Lisa MurkowskiLisa Ann MurkowskiMcConnell names Senate GOP tax conferees Week ahead: Trump expected to shrink two national monuments GOP on verge of opening Arctic refuge to drilling MORE (R-Alaska) and Maria CantwellMaria Elaine CantwellAvalanche of Democratic senators say Franken should resign Week ahead: Trump expected to shrink two national monuments Live coverage: Senate Republicans pass tax bill MORE (D-Wash.). 

Stabenow suggested on Tuesday that lawmakers were "very close" on a deal. 

But with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellGOP strategist donates to Alabama Democrat McConnell names Senate GOP tax conferees Brent Budowsky: A plea to Alabama voters MORE (R-Ky.) moving to end debate on the energy bill on Tuesday evening and leadership suggesting they want to finish the legislation on Thursday, senators are running out of time.

Reid, however, added that he hopes "we can work something out" on an amendment from Stabenow and Peters that would give up to $600 million to combat the Flint, Mich., drinking water crisis. 

The Michigan city is dealing with severe lead contamination after changing the source of its water supply in 2014. State officials, who initially downplayed the problems, have been under fire for their response.

"It is very important for the people of Michigan and an example of what we need to do to help the country with these problems," Reid added. 

Sen. Dick DurbinRichard (Dick) Joseph DurbinDemocrats turn on Al Franken Minnesota's largest newspaper calls on Franken to resign Democratic senator predicts Franken will resign Thursday MORE (D-Ill.) stopped short on Tuesday of saying that Democrats would oppose the energy bill if the Flint assistance wasn't added. 

"Well we certainly want a vote, and I hope that that's going to be allowed," he told reporters.