Reid pushes for Flint aid as energy bill nears finish line
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Senate Minority Leader Harry ReidHarry Mason ReidWATCH: There is no Trump-Russia collusion and the media should stop pushing this The demise of debate in Congress ‘North by Northwest,’ the Carter Page remake 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. 

Reid's comments come as Democrats, led by Michigan Sens. Debbie StabenowDeborah (Debbie) Ann Stabenow10 Senate Democrats are up for reelection in Trump country At least Alzheimer’s research is bringing Washington together Senate Dems block crackdown on sanctuary cities MORE and Gary Peters, have been working to include assistance for Flint in the energy reform legislation from Sens. Lisa MurkowskiLisa Ann MurkowskiThe siren of Baton Rouge Interior plan to use drilling funds for new projects met with skepticism The 14 GOP senators who voted against Trump’s immigration framework MORE (R-Alaska) and Maria CantwellMaria Elaine CantwellDemocrats request info on 'repeated environmental concerns' at Ohio pipeline Booker to stop accepting donations from corporate PACs Gillibrand vows to refuse donations from corporate PACs MORE (D-Wash.). 

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

But with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellLawmakers feel pressure on guns Bipartisan group of House lawmakers urge action on Export-Import Bank nominees Curbelo Dem rival lashes out over immigration failure 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 DurbinAmerica’s waning commitment to the promise of the First Amendment Senate rejects Trump immigration plan What to watch for in the Senate immigration votes 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.