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Ted Cruz, House conservatives to huddle on Planned Parenthood

Ted Cruz, House conservatives to huddle on Planned Parenthood
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Sen. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzSasse statement: Trump nominee who spread conspiracy theories has a ‘tinfoil hat’ Coalition of 44 groups calls for passage of drug pricing bill For the sake of our democracy, politicians must stop bickering MORE (R-Texas) will huddle with House conservatives to discuss a strategy on government funding and how to address Planned Parenthood, according to CNN.

The 2016 presidential candidate, considered the architect of the defund ObamaCare campaign that led to the 2013 government shutdown, sent out invites for a meeting that would take place as soon as Wednesday, according to the report.

"I am meeting with Ted Cruz later today. It's a free-flowing conversation," Rep. Mo BrooksMorris (Mo) Jackson BrooksGOP leaders pitch children's health funding in plan to avert shutdown Kermit the Frog, Ellen Degeneres among write-ins in Alabama special election Alabama Rep. Mo Brooks reveals he has prostate cancer MORE (R-Ala) told CNN. "I like rapping with him."

A Cruz aide, however, told CNN the meeting might be delayed until early next week.

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Rep. Tim Huelskamp (R-Kan.) also told CNN he received an invite to Cruz’s office.

"The establishment would like the House conservatives never to talk," Huelskamp told CNN. "Because we always hear that our leadership said this and that are impossible to do. How do we get around the reluctance of our establishment in Washington to get done what we all said we were going to do in August?"

Huelskamp is among a growing list of lawmakers who have signed a letter pledging to oppose any government funding measure that continues to fund Planned Parenthood. On Wednesday, the number of signatures grew to 31.

In the fall of 2013, Cruz also huddled with conservatives in the House to hash out an ObamaCare defunding plan.

Nearly two years later, House Republicans emerged from a closed-door conference meeting on Wednesday morning saying that leadership is leaving all options open for government funding and Planned Parenthood.

Speaker John BoehnerJohn Andrew BoehnerLobbying World Freedom Caucus wants budget reforms attached to debt limit increase Trey Gowdy announces retirement from Congress MORE (R-Ohio) told reporters he had not made decisions on when leadership would move a continuing resolution (CR) to keep the government funded through Oct. 1 and avoid a government shutdown.

In the upper chamber, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellDems confront Kelly after he calls some immigrants 'lazy' McConnell: 'Whoever gets to 60 wins' on immigration Overnight Defense: Latest on spending fight - House passes stopgap with defense money while Senate nears two-year budget deal | Pentagon planning military parade for Trump | Afghan war will cost B in 2018 MORE (R-Ky.), who has promised to avoid a government shutdown, said in a TV interview last week that the “defund Planned Parenthood” effort would have to wait for a new president.