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 GravesWeek 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 House Republicans consider repeal of ObamaCare's insurance mandate MORE (R-Ga.) that would fund the entire federal government except ObamaCare, an approach Sens. Mike LeeMike LeeDeMint to launch new conservative group: report Senate healthcare bill appears headed for failure Small farmers push for USDA reforms MORE (R-Utah), Ted CruzTed CruzCruz being considered to replace Sessions: report GOP seeks to meet referee’s rules on healthcare repeal Brooks sparks controversy with Scalise shooting ad MORE (R-Texas) and Marco RubioMarco RubioMexican politicians have a new piñata: Donald Trump Bush ethics lawyer: Congress must tell Trump not to fire Mueller The private alternative to the National Flood Insurance Program  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 BoehnerSudan sanctions spur intense lobbying OPINION | GOP's 7-year ObamaCare blood oath ends in failure A simple fix to encourage bipartisanship in the House 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 CantorSpecial interests hide behind vets on Independence Day What to watch for in Comey’s testimony Trump nominates two new DOD officials 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 BoehnerSudan sanctions spur intense lobbying OPINION | GOP's 7-year ObamaCare blood oath ends in failure A simple fix to encourage bipartisanship in the House 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.