Conservatives of the House Freedom Caucus have cleared the way for Rep. Paul Ryan to become speaker—if he wants it.
A supermajority of the roughly 40-member Freedom Caucus pledged in an internal vote that they will support Ryan if he were to run for speaker of the House.
But by Freedom Caucus rules, this level of support fell short of the fourth-fifths majority required for a full-fledged endorsement.
“We are supporting him with a supermajority vote but we are not endorsing him,” Rep. John Fleming, a Freedom Caucus founder, told The Daily Signal.