GOP BUDGET INFIGHTING CONTINUES: House Republican leaders are finishing work on their budget blueprint and conservatives are already balking before the details are even released. The same group of conservatives that helped oust former House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) over spending bills last year is now pressuring current House Speaker Paul D. Ryan (R-Wis.) to upend his own budget plans. Power Post has more:

Conservatives never liked the deal that Boehner brokered after he announced his resignation. The majority of conservatives voted against the agreement and the omnibus spending deal that passed in December, but they did not actively work to bring it down.
Members said they saw the spending deal as a holdover from the Boehner-era and didn’t blame Ryan for following through on promises that were made before he took the speaker’s gavel.
That understanding may not apply to the second half of the two-year agreement. Members of the House Freedom Caucus are warning that it’s time to rethink that deal with the deficit projected to increase this year by $105 billion to $544 billion, according to a recent estimate from the Congressional Budget Office, due to the spending and tax break deal enacted in December

BUDGET TO FALL ON NEW HAMPSHIRE PRIMARY DAY: The White House budget is scheduled to be released Tuesday, when all eyes are going to be on the presidential primary in New Hampshire. The AP’s Andrew Taylor explains why that may not be a coincidence and lists some of the proposals we are already expecting to see in the budget:

The timing cements the impression that Obama realizes a Republican-led Congress is unlikely to embrace his spending priorities. Typically, the budget is released on a Monday, but White House press secretary Josh Earnest says Tuesday’s release allowed hard-working administration employees and journalists a chance to watch the Super Bowl.
The 2017 budget for the fiscal year beginning Oct. 1 will combine proposals for new spending on infrastructure, education and combating opioid abuse with tax increases on corporations and wealthy individuals to keep deficits down. This will avoid proposing cuts to popular programs like Medicare, student loans or food stamps.

OBAMA TO ASK FOR ZIKA FUNDING: One item on Obama’s budget wish list is funding to fight the threat of a Zika virus outbreak in the U.S. and Puerto Rico. The Post’s Steven Mufson has more:

The bulk of the money, $828 million, would go to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The request also includes $250 million for a one-year increase in Medicaid funds for financially burdened Puerto Rico, where there have already been direct cases of Zika. The administration would pump $200 million into accelerated vaccine and testing techniques for Zika through the National Institutes of Health and the Food and Drug Administration. And $210 million would go to a new fund to respond to new outbreaks if they appear in the United States.
The rest of the money would go to help other countries respond to the virus. It would include $335 million for US Agency for International Development and $41 million for the State Department to respond across South America, Central America and the Caribbean.