Lawmakers and Senate staffers worked through the weekend to find a way to provide aid to Flint, Mich., and move forward on a bipartisan energy bill. But, as of Monday, negotiations were still ongoing.
Democrats stalled debate on the energy bill last week after senators failed to agree on how to address the crisis in Flint, where corroded pipes have leached toxic levels of lead in the water supply. With the Senate set to consider a North Korea sanctions bill on Wednesday, negotiators are running out of time to reach an agreement. "I think we're closer than we were on Thursday," Sen. Maria Cantwell, D-Wash., the bill's Democratic floor manager, told reporters Monday evening.