SENATE REPUBLICANS TO PREVENT SCOTUS RECESS APPOINTMENT: Senate leaders ended any speculation that President Obama might try to take advantage of the many upcoming congressional recesses to bypass the Senate and directly appoint someone to replace Justice Antonin Scalia. Power Post has more:

Obama has the constitutional right to “fill up all Vacancies that may happen during the Recess of the Senate, by granting Commissions which shall expire at the End of their next Session” in what’s known as a recess appointment. It’s a controversial maneuver designed to bypass the Senate confirmation process, but Obama previously used it in 2012 to install long-delayed members of the National Labor Relations Board.
But Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn (R-Texas) said Monday that he doesn’t expect the Senate to recess at all for the remainder of the year.
“I’d say it’s safe to say we’re going to do whatever it takes to make sure the president doesn’t issue any recess appointments,” Cornyn said.

OBAMA SENDS CONGRESS $1.9 BILLION ZIKA REQUEST: The White House on Monday formally sent Congress a request for $1.9 billion to fight the spread of the Zika virus. Administration officials have also asked to redirect some of the money unspent money that was set aside last year to fight Ebola in the Zika battle, according to The Post’s Brady Dennis.

The White House had detailed the outlines of the request earlier this month, arguing that new resources are needed to help ramp up surveillance efforts, control the mosquitoes spreading Zika, accelerate research into new vaccines and diagnostic tests, and help countries already battling the virus.
“This request supports the necessary steps to fortify our domestic health system, detect and respond to any potential Zika outbreaks at home, and to limit the spread in other countries,” Obama wrote in a letter to House Speaker Paul D. Ryan (R-Wis.).

HERITAGE JUMPS INTO THE BUDGET DEBATE: House Speaker Paul D. Ryan (R-Wis.) and budget committee chairman Tom Price (R-Ga.) are still working on a budget that will appease hard-liners without abandoning last year’s agreement to increase spending this coming year. Now the conservative Heritage Foundation is weighing in with a budget plan with deep spending cuts. Politico has more:

Heritage certainly isn’t going to win any brownie points with GOP leadership with its new budget proposal. Ryan is asking Republicans to back a budget with $1.070 trillion in discretionary spending for fiscal 2017; conservative lawmakers have argued for slicing off $30 billion, which would revert to sequester level spending rather than the deal worked out between Obama and former Speaker John Boehner. Heritage’s blueprint, meanwhile, calls for fully $80 billion in cuts. If that’s the gold standard for conservative budgeting, the skepticism Ryan faces is only likely to grow.
“We’re not just backing up the $990 billion number,” Winfree said. “We’re showing members of the House what they’d otherwise be supporting if they ended up supporting the 1070 [level].”