The energy bill championed by Senator Lisa Murkowski has been blocked in the Senate over concerns about the water crisis in Flint, Michigan, the Associated Press reports
“Senate Democrats on Thursday blocked a comprehensive energy bill after majority Republicans rejected hundreds of millions of dollars in emergency federal aid to Flint, Michigan, to fix and replace the city’s lead-contaminated pipes.
Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid said that “100,000 people in Flint, Michigan have been poisoned, and Republicans do nothing” to help them. “Nine thousand little children … have been poisoned. Still, Senate Republicans refuse to help.”
The vote was 46-50, short of a number necessary to move ahead on the bipartisan legislation, the first such bill in nine years.”
“Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, chairwoman of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, said discussions on ways to help Flint were continuing.
“We want to get this solved,” she said, adding that it was counterproductive for Democrats to block an energy bill that has been in the works for more than a year.”