Senate fight over Flint aid goes into overtime
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Senators are searching for a way to save a wide-ranging energy reform bill after it failed to overcome a procedural hurdle.

Democrats blocked the otherwise bipartisan legislation from moving forward after lawmakers failed to get an agreement on providing aid to combat the drinking water crisis in Flint, Mich.

Senators and staff are expected to talk through the weekend to try to get a deal that could resurrect the energy bill by early next week.

"Hopefully we'll be able to salvage this important bipartisan legislation in the next few days," said 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.), who used a procedural tactic that will allow him to bring the bill back up if they get an agreement.

Sen. Gary Peters (D-Mich.) added that negotiators were "very close" to a deal on the funding for Flint but needed more time.

Democrats — led by Michigan Sens. Peters and 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 — want $600 million for Flint, including $400 million to match state funds to repair and replace old pipes in the city and the balance going to a research and education center on lead poisoning.

They've suggested they are flexible on the amount of funding, but have pledged to keep blocking the legislation unless they can get some money for Flint included.

Sen. John CornynJohn CornynLawmakers feel pressure on guns Kasich’s campaign website tones down gun language after Florida shooting Murphy: Trump’s support for background check bill shows gun politics ‘shifting rapidly’ MORE (R-Texas), however, accused Democrats of "gamesmanship" and temporarily "killing" the legislation after they rejected an offer from Sen. 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).

"They're just trying to make a political point, but I hope cooler heads will prevail," he told reporters. 

The Alaska Republican's proposal included giving $50 million directly to Flint and another $500 million to make additional loans available to the city and others with similar drinking water emergencies.

Timothy Cama contributed.