Embattled U.S. House Speaker Kevin McCarthy on Tuesday teed up a vote on a challenge to his leadership by a fellow Republican, in an intra-party dispute that could plunge Congress into chaos, APA reports citing Reuters.
McCarthy said the House of Representatives will vote later in the day on a motion by Representative Matt Gaetz, a McCarthy antagonist, that could potentially remove him from his post.
If successful, it would be the first time in U.S. history that House lawmakers voted their leader out.
"I'm confident I'll hold on," McCarthy told reporters.
The leadership fight comes just days after Republican infighting took Washington to the brink of a partial government shutdown.
Several Republicans said they were sticking with McCarthy as they emerged from a closed-door meeting in which they said he received multiple standing ovations.