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House will have to vote on budget second time as GOP notches wins

The House will have to approve a budget resolution that paves the way for Democrats to pass a coronavirus relief bill without GOP support for a second time this week. 
 
The House initially passed its budget resolution on Wednesday, but the Senate amended the resolution shortly after starting what's expected to be an hours-long process known as vote-a-rama.
 
The Senate has been voting consecutively for roughly five hours on amendments to the budget resolution. 
 
 
Then Sen. Todd YoungTodd Christopher YoungOn The Money: Yellen, Powell brush off inflation fears | Fed keeps rates steady, upgrades growth projections Overnight Defense: Biden, Putin agree to launch arms control talks at summit | 2002 war authorization repeal will get Senate vote | GOP rep warns Biden 'blood with be on his hands' without Afghan interpreter evacuation Bipartisan infrastructure group grows to 20 senators MORE (R-Ind.) got language added that supports blocking stimulus checks for undocumented immigrants after Democratic Sens. Maggie HassanMargaret (Maggie) HassanOn The Money: Yellen, Powell brush off inflation fears | Fed keeps rates steady, upgrades growth projections Bipartisan infrastructure group grows to 20 senators Senate panel unanimously advances key Biden cyber nominees MORE (N.H.), John HickenlooperJohn HickenlooperOn The Money: Yellen, Powell brush off inflation fears | Fed keeps rates steady, upgrades growth projections Bipartisan infrastructure group grows to 20 senators Senator's on-air interview features carpooling colleague waving from back seat MORE (Colo.), Mark KellyMark KellyOn The Money: Yellen, Powell brush off inflation fears | Fed keeps rates steady, upgrades growth projections Bipartisan infrastructure group grows to 20 senators Past criticism of Trump becomes potent weapon in GOP primaries MORE (Ariz.), Gary PetersGary PetersAbsences force Senate to punt vote on Biden nominee Senate Democrats investing M in Defend the Vote initiative Senior Biden cyber nominees sail through Senate hearing MORE (Mich.), Sinema, Debbie StabenowDeborah (Debbie) Ann StabenowSenate crafts Pelosi alternative on drug prices Lobbying world Schumer tactics on China bill reveal broader trade strategy MORE (Mich.) and Jon TesterJonathan (Jon) TesterOVERNIGHT ENERGY: Judge halts Biden pause on new public lands oil leasing | Democrat presses Haaland on oil and gas review | EPA puts additional delay on Trump lead and copper in drinking water rule Democrat presses Haaland on oil and gas review How Biden can get the infrastructure bill through Congress MORE (Mont.) voted in favor of it. 
 
There was disagreement on the floor over whether the amendment blocking stimulus checks for undocumented immigrants also applies to their children who are U.S. citizens.
 
Sen. Dick DurbinDick DurbinSenate Judiciary Democrats demand DOJ turn over Trump obstruction memo Senate on collision course over Trump DOJ subpoenas Harris calls for pathway to citizenship for Dreamers on DACA anniversary MORE (D-Ill.) argued that it would apply to children who are legal citizens if their parents are undocumented — something Young contested. 
 
The amendments are nonbinding and the budget resolution doesn’t get signed into law. But both chambers need to pass the same text, and the amendments effectively get senators on the record on proposals they could struggle to get a vote on otherwise. 
 
Young's amendment could also cause a headache for House leadership; Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezHillary Clinton backs Shontel Brown in Ohio congressional race Ocasio-Cortez, Gillibrand and Moulton call for more high-speed rail funding in infrastructure package Pelosi picks Democrats for special panel tackling inequality MORE (D-N.Y.) told reporters that the language, even though it's not binding, could "absolutely" slow down the budget resolution's passage on the House side. 
 
The budget resolution is the first step toward passing a coronavirus bill that can bypass the 60-vote legislative filibuster meaning Democrats could pass it without GOP support. Democrats want to pass the subsequent coronavirus bill by mid-March, when federal unemployment benefits will expire. 
 
 
It wasn’t just Republicans who successfully changed the bill. 
 
 
“Instead of sending stimulus checks to families who earn $300,000 a year, we should be targeting this relief to families and individuals who need it most," Manchin said in a statement after the vote.
 
 
"The most important thing we can do right now is to get the vaccines distributed. And one of the problems we’ve got is that about 40 percent of Americans are still saying they’re uncomfortable getting a vaccine," Portman said ahead of the vote.