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 McConnellAlabama election has GOP racing against the clock McConnell PAC demands Moore return its money Klobuchar taking over Franken's sexual assault bill 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 StabenowRep. Upton won't seek Michigan Senate seat, focuses on reelection The feds need to return to the original intent of foreign investment review GOP campaign committees call on Democrats to return Franken donations 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 CornynGOP senator: ObamaCare fix could be in funding bill Senate GOP running out of options to stop Moore Texas Republicans slam White House over disaster relief request MORE (R-Texas), however, accused Democrats of "gamesmanship" and temporarily "killing" the legislation after they rejected an offer from Sen. Lisa MurkowskiLisa Ann MurkowskiSenate bill would cut EPA funding by 0M GOP senator: ObamaCare fix could be in funding bill Collins: Pass bipartisan ObamaCare bills before mandate repeal 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.