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 CruzProspects for Trump gun deal grow dimmer Ted Cruz knocks New York Times for 'stunning' correction on Kavanaugh report 2020 Democrats call for Kavanaugh to be impeached 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 lawmaker blasts Omar and Tlaib: Netanyahu right to block 'enemies' of Israel Conservatives call on Pelosi to cancel August recess Overnight Defense: Woman accusing general of sexual assault willing to testify | Joint Chiefs pick warns against early Afghan withdrawal | Tensions rise after Iran tries to block British tanker 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 BoehnerBoehner reveals portrait done by George W. Bush Meadows to be replaced by Biggs as Freedom Caucus leader Scaramucci compares Trump to Jonestown cult leader: 'It's like a hostage crisis inside the White House' 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 McConnellHillary Clinton: Voter suppression has led to 'crisis in democracy' in the US New York Times authors blame Kavanaugh correction on editing error: 'There was zero intent to mislead' The Hill's Morning Report - What is Trump's next move on Iran? 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.