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Politico's Burgess has a story up today on the latest in the infrastructure Bill, and well, you can probably figure out how it's going. Here's a quote. Senate majority leader Chuck Schumer vowed in December that the chamber will vote on a revised version of the house past built back better act, and we will keep voting on it until we get something done. That's not the strategy at the moment. Instead, the Senate is now in a long cooling off period. Democrats are turning to fixing the postal service, sexual misconduct reform, spending bills, the Supreme Court vacancy, the violence against women act, and possibly changing the electoral count act and sanctioning Russia. No pressure, dealing with those items could take a couple of months or longer, pushing the Senate closer and closer to the midterms. Most Democrats concede they could not revive a tax and spending bill before April, and the final deadline in September 30th, when Democrats existing powers to push the defunct bill passed a filibuster, expire. But Congress did pass what was called a budget bipartisan breakthrough. Political Jennifer Schultz reports that lawmakers Wednesday reached overarching budget agreements to quote boost military and non defense funding, paving the way for a comprehensive deal to fund the government into the fall. The accord is a crucial breakthrough that's expected to lead to enactment of a sweeping 12 Bill spending bundle in the next few weeks. Still left on the table, a catchall package to fund the government into the fall, known as an omnibus, Democrats are seeking to finally override the funding levels carried over from the spending package signed into law in the last weeks of Donald Trump's presidency while Republicans are fighting for a military budget increase far above the increase the president Joe Biden requested. It's been one of the greatest sources of tension between House Republicans and Democrats for about a year now. A chamber wide mandate requiring lawmakers to mask up before they vote and steep fines if they refuse. But now, somehow Democrats are following the lead of democratic governors that we mentioned yesterday, calling for an end to mask mandates. Even as they're pretty imposes one in the House, chamber. Last year, custom Democrats enacted new rules that find offenders who were namely protesting Republicans, $500 for the first time they failed to mask up, and $2500 for each infraction thereafter. The biggest defenders by far were representatives Marjorie Taylor Greene and Andrew Clyde, who've each have had more than a $100,000 withdrawn from their paychecks. Several swing district House Democrats, however, say it's time to move on. On Wednesday, DCCC chair Sean Patrick maloney led the charge by tweeting that he agreed with his home state democratic governor Cathy vocals decision to ditch mask mandates. Tensions between the two parties over the mask policy have reached a boiling point earlier this week, representative Hal Rogers told representative Joyce Beatty to quote kiss my ass when she insisted he wear a mask on the basement subway. He later apologized, but there's no apparent change coming, at least not right away. A spokesman for the House administration committee, which wrote the finding regulations told playbook that as of now, the house's mask mandate and fines will remain in effect. The spokesman said, quote, it's an intending physician question, referring to a doctor on site to care for House members, and who doesn't interact much with reporters or the public. We let the medical professionals make the medical decisions. And one lost bit on the congressional front. Amy Wang and Megan Flynn from The Washington Post report that, quote, House speaker Nancy Pelosi shifted her public position Wednesday on banning lawmakers and their spouses from owning and trading individual stocks, saying more readily that she would support a band. If members of her caucus wanted to do so. In December, Pelosi had swiftly shot down the idea that lawmakers on their spouses should not trade individual stocks while in Congress, Pelosi told reporters then, quote, were a free market economy. They should be able to participate in that. One thing I learned in the past job, the stock market is not the economy. I bring that up in like every conversation I can so that I sound smart. Here's what's up in Washington today starting with The White House, and 9 30 a.m. eastern. President Joe Biden will receive the president's daily brief. At ten 45, Biden will depart The White House to head to brandy station, Virginia, where he scheduled to arrive at 1115. At 1230, Biden will deliver remarks on healthcare costs with HHS secretary Xavier becerra. At two 55, Biden will depart brandy station to return to The White House where he scheduled to arrive at three 25, and at four 45 Biden and vice president Kamala Harris will meet with Senate Judiciary Committee Democrats on the Supreme Court nomination process. The Senate will meet at 10 a.m. to consider the ending forced arbitration of sexual assault and sexual harassment act of 2021. The house is out today. All right, that's all I've got for you today for more news I want to bring in D.C. right. Now subscribe to the playbook newsletter that's at Politico dot com slash playbook. Our music is composed by breakmaster cylinder. I'm ragu naval and have a great Thursday. We'll see first thing tomorrow morning. Washington is trying to lower medicine costs with government price setting. It'll risk access to medicines and future cures. Instead of government price setting, let's lower medicine costs the right way. Let's cap your out of pocket costs..

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