Likely GOP presidential candidate Tim Pawlenty will visit the nation's capital in the coming weeks as he continues to build support for his 2012 campaign.

Rep. John Kline (R-Minn.), Pawlenty's chief backer in Congress, told The Hill last Thursday that the former Minnesota governor will travel to Washington to meet with small groups of House Republican lawmakers. 

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Alex Conant, a spokesman for Pawlenty's exploratory committee, on Wednesday confirmed the visit will happen in the "next few weeks," but that a firm date has not been set.

Pawlenty's visit could soothe any remaining frayed nerves from last month, when he frustrated House Republicans by opposing a bipartisan deal designed to avert a government shutdown.

The ex-governor has also said he plans to release his own budget plan, distinct from that of Rep. Paul RyanPaul RyanRyan: Graham-Cassidy 'best, last chance' to repeal ObamaCare Ryan: Americans want to see Trump talking with Dem leaders 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-Wis.), which is backed by nearly every House Republican.

For the past few weeks, Pawlenty has criss-crossed the country meeting potential voters and donors to try to fill his campaign coffers, boost his name recognition and jolt his flagging numbers in the polls. 

Pawlenty is holding a major fundraiser in Minneapolis on Wednesday, at which Kline and Rep. Erik Paulsen (R-Minn.) are serving as honorary co-chairmen.

Conant said that the rest of Pawlenty's D.C. agenda is "to be announced."


—Russell Berman contributed.