Paul Ryan, the House Speaker, said Thursday he plans to stop President Donald Trump from barring the nomination of former Vice President Mike Pence to serve as secretary of state.
Ryan, R-Wis., spoke with reporters about the House GOP’s plan to block the Trump nominee from the position of secretary of State, according to a pool report.
“The vice president has been nominated and we think he’s done a good job,” Ryan said.
“We think he deserves a spot in the Cabinet and we will block the nomination.”
Ryan also said the House will not be voting on a “nuclear option” that would give Vice President Pence the power to nominate someone other than Pence to the post.
The Republican leader said he does not want to give Pence a veto-proof majority.
Ryan said he will seek to “use the nuclear option” to block Pence from the Cabinet, which would require a two-thirds majority vote in the House.
A number of other Republicans have signaled they are considering a filibuster against Pence.