Week ahead: ObamaCare spending showdown

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GOP leaders pulled the spending bill, known as a continuing resolution, ahead of a scheduled floor vote last week. They have just two weeks to figure out a path forward, or else the federal government will shut down Oct. 1.

Conservative lawmakers and activist groups quickly endorsed a bill last week from Rep. Tom GravesJohn (Tom) Thomas GravesHouse panel advances financial services spending bill Georgia governor vetoes controversial hacking legislation Hillicon Valley: Cambridge Analytica shutting down | Pentagon bars military stores from selling Chinese phones | Debate over 'hacking back' heats up MORE (R-Ga.) that would fund the entire federal government except ObamaCare, an approach Sens. Mike LeeMichael (Mike) Shumway LeeGOP senators introduce Trump's plan to claw back billion in spending Trump has exposed Democratic hypocrisy on prison reform Denial of services to same-sex couples can harm their health MORE (R-Utah), Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzGOP senators introduce Trump's plan to claw back billion in spending Pro-Trump super PAC raises .5 million in 6 weeks Trump has exposed Democratic hypocrisy on prison reform MORE (R-Texas) and Marco RubioMarco Antonio RubioTrump appears to confirm deal on Chinese firm ZTE Hillicon Valley: Experts worry North Korea will retaliate with hacks over summit | FBI works to disrupt Russian botnet | Trump officials look to quell anger over ZTE | Obama makes case for tighter regs on tech Putting pressure on Trump, House passes bill barring government from doing business with ZTE MORE (R-Fla.) have championed.

Such a bill could not pass the Democratic-controlled Senate and would meet a veto from President Obama. But conservatives want to forge ahead anyway, hoping that if they force a government shutdown, Obama would relent and give up on his healthcare law.

Speaker John BoehnerJohn Andrew BoehnerJim Jordan as Speaker is change America needs to move forward Paul Ryan’s political purgatory Republicans fear retribution for joining immigration revolt MORE (R-Ohio) is looking for a way to avoid a shutdown without sacrificing his anti-ObamaCare credibility. Rank-and-file conservatives balked at the plan he and Majority Leader Eric CantorEric Ivan CantorThe Hill's Morning Report — Sponsored by CVS Health — Trump’s love-hate relationship with the Senate Race for Republican Speaker rare chance to unify party for election Scalise allies upset over Ryan blindside on McCarthy endorsement MORE (R-Va.) presented, which would have included a nonbinding provision supporting the defunding of ObamaCare.

Some members of the Republican Study Committee are proposing a “clean” CR, saying they’re better off picking a fight over ObamaCare next month, when the time comes to raise the country’s debt limit.

That would get BoehnerJohn Andrew BoehnerJim Jordan as Speaker is change America needs to move forward Paul Ryan’s political purgatory Republicans fear retribution for joining immigration revolt MORE and other establishment Republicans through the current stalemate, but it could create an even bigger internal battle just a few weeks later.

With the spending debate dominating congressional politics, the rest of the legislative calendar is relatively light next week.

House Republicans will keep up their oversight of the healthcare law ahead of the Oct. 1 deadline to open new insurance exchanges in all 50 states.

On Wednesday, two House Oversight subcommittees will hold a joint hearing on states' concerns about ObamaCare implementation.

The Energy and Commerce Oversight and Investigations subcommittee is holding a hearing Thursday on the status of the implementation effort two weeks out from open enrollment in the exchanges.

Also on Thursday, the Federal Trade Commission is holding a roundtable discussion on consumer protections in the exchanges.

—This post was changed to reflect that two House Oversight subcommittees are holding Wednesday's hearing.