Senate Energy Bill On Hold Pending Solution for Flint Water Crisis Funding

US Senate consideration of the Energy Policy Modernization Act (S.2012) has, at least temporarily, ground to a halt as a result of disputes over emergency funding levels in response to the drinking water crisis in Flint, Michigan. Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), Chairwoman of the Energy & Natural Resources Committee, proposed an amendment that would have provided $550 million to Flint, however a group of Democrats united in opposition, seeking another solution. Negotiations are ongoing, and while Senators are expressing hope, it is clear that much work remains and time is short, as Senators are becoming anxious to move on to other matters that demand their attention.

To date, over 300 amendments have been proposed, and votes have been held on 38.