U.S. energy bill caught up in fight over Michigan water crisis

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Posted: Feb 03, 2016 10:59 AM

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A political fight over the federal government's role in Michigan's water contamination crisis spilled onto the U.S. Senate floor on Wednesday as Democrats threatened to block a bipartisan energy bill if it fails to include immediate aid for the city of Flint.

Democratic Senator Debbie Stabenow of Michigan told reporters that a "solid agreement" that appeared to be in hand on Tuesday now seemed to be falling apart.

"As a senator from Michigan, I intend to make it very clear that they can't ignore the families of Flint," Stabenow said when asked about prospects for the energy bill.

(Reporting by Richard Cowan; Editing by Susan Heavey)