Conservative lawmakers and activist groups quickly endorsed a bill last week from Rep. Tom GravesTom GravesA guide to the committees: House Republicans who oppose, support Trump refugee order Republican Study Committee elders back Harris for chairman MORE (R-Ga.) that would fund the entire federal government except ObamaCare, an approach Sens. Mike LeeMike LeeLessons from the godfather of regulatory budgeting Congress must reform civil asset forfeiture laws A guide to the committees: Senate MORE (R-Utah), Ted CruzTed CruzDem senator: Confirm Gorsuch, Garland simultaneously THE MEMO: Trump takes the fight to Congress Brietbart CEO reveals that Trump donors are part owners MORE (R-Texas) and Marco RubioMarco RubioTHE MEMO: Trump takes the fight to Congress Rubio says town halls designed for people to 'heckle and scream' At CPAC, Trump lashes out at media 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 BoehnerMarch is the biggest month for GOP in a decade House markup of ObamaCare repeal bill up in the air Conservatives to Congress: Get moving 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 CantorGOP shifting on immigration Breitbart’s influence grows inside White House Ryan reelected Speaker in near-unanimous GOP vote 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 BoehnerMarch is the biggest month for GOP in a decade House markup of ObamaCare repeal bill up in the air Conservatives to Congress: Get moving 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.