WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrats are pushing to reopen talks on must-do legislation to prevent the government from shutting down this weekend, fight the Zika virus and help flood-ravaged Louisiana rebuild.READ MORE: 'My Home Is Still Uninhabitable': 10 Months After Winter Storm Some Texans Still Waiting On Insurance Claims
The aim is to see if Republicans will relent and add money to help Flint, Michigan, with its water crisis — and get Capitol Hill off a collision course that could lead to a government shutdown this weekend.READ MORE: Wife Of Suspected Killer Of Mesquite Officer Charged With Aggravated Assault With A Deadly Weapon In Disturbance Preceding Fatal Shooting
Democrats are expected to block the stopgap funding bill Tuesday afternoon if GOP negotiators don’t offer funding to help Flint and other communities with lead-poisoned water replace pipes and take other steps.
An alternative option would be for Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to strip $500 million in flood aid for Louisiana and other states from the bill. Democrats don’t want that, either.MORE NEWS: COVID-19 Omicron Variant Arrives In Texas
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