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 GravesTom GravesBillboard ads target Republicans who want to roll back net neutrality Week ahead: House eyes trillion-dollar omnibus | Crunch time for Senate ObamaCare repeal bill | Senate moves ahead on Trump nominees House GOP looks to advance trillion-dollar omnibus MORE (R-Ga.) that would fund the entire federal government except ObamaCare, an approach Sens. Mike LeeMichael (Mike) Shumway LeeOvernight Defense: Senate passes 0B defense bill | 3,000 US troops heading to Afghanistan | Two more Navy officials fired over ship collisions Senate passes 0B defense bill Overnight Finance: CBO to release limited analysis of ObamaCare repeal bill | DOJ investigates Equifax stock sales | House weighs tougher rules for banks dealing with North Korea MORE (R-Utah), Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzSenate Dems hold floor talk-a-thon against latest ObamaCare repeal bill Overnight Finance: CBO to release limited analysis of ObamaCare repeal bill | DOJ investigates Equifax stock sales | House weighs tougher rules for banks dealing with North Korea GOP state lawmakers meet to plan possible constitutional convention MORE (R-Texas) and Marco RubioMarco Antonio RubioOvernight Defense: Senate passes 0B defense bill | 3,000 US troops heading to Afghanistan | Two more Navy officials fired over ship collisions Senate passes 0B defense bill Trump bets base will stick with him on immigration 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 BoehnerSpeculation mounts, but Ryan’s job seen as safe Boehner warns Trump: Don't pull out of Korea-US trade deal GOP Rep: Ryan wasting taxpayers dollars by blocking war authorization debate 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 CantorEric Cantor offering advice to end ‘immigration wars’ Trump's olive branch differs from the golden eras of bipartisanship After divisive rally, Trump calls for unity 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 John BoehnerJohn Andrew BoehnerSpeculation mounts, but Ryan’s job seen as safe Boehner warns Trump: Don't pull out of Korea-US trade deal GOP Rep: Ryan wasting taxpayers dollars by blocking war authorization debate 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.