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FILE - In tis June 21,2016 file photo, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Ky., accompanied by, from left, Sen. John Barrasso, R-Wyo., Sen. John Thune, R-S.D., and Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn of Texas, listen to a question during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington. Democrats are criticizing the latest Republican version of legislation that's needed to avoid a government shutdown next weekend. Sen. Harry Reid of Nevada told reporters that McConnell will unveil the stopgap spending bill and a long-delayed bill to combat the Zika virus on Thursday, Sept, 22, 2016, but that Democrats haven't signed on to the measure. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said Democrats in that chamber won't back the measure, either. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)

A government shutdown is looming because of a clash over aid for Flint, Michigan

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Senate Democrats blocked a stop-gap bill on Tuesday that would have prevented a government shutdown and helped battle the Zika virus. 

Democrats vowed not to support any spending extension until Congress allots federal funding to address the water crisis in Flint, Michigan, according to the Washington Post

This move comes just three days before Friday's midnight deadline when government agencies are set to run out of money. 

Now, government leaders are searching for a compromise to avoid an election season government shutdown. 

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) unveiled the bill last week. It addressed several issues the Democrats were insistent upon, such as Zika response funding. 

The bill, however, did not include the $220 million Flint aid package that Senate Republicans and Democrats backed in separate legislation earlier this month, according to the Washington Post. 

McConnell is expected to submit a revised bill, but it is unclear whether the revised text will include the funding for Flint. 

"We keep hearing that their position is no Flint, no floods. And that's certainly an option worth discussing," McConnell told CNN Tuesday. 

Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid told Politico that he wants to see what McConnell comes up with, but emphasized that Democrats also want funding for Louisiana. 

"There's no excuse for leaving the people of Flint, Michigan, behind. If they're helping Louisiana, they have to help Flint," Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid told CNN. 

Without the Flint funds, Democrats said they would continue to block the short-term government funding bill that would prevent a shutdown. 

Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) told reporters that Democrats are "looking for any excuse to shut down the government because they think it will help them in the upcoming election."

Thirteen Republicans reportedly joined the majority of Democrats in voting against the bill. 

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