House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) issued a joint statement with other Republican leaders Saturday announcing that the House would vote on a measure approving military intervention in Syria once it returns from recess during the week of Sept. 9.
“Under the Constitution, the responsibility to declare war lies with Congress,” the leaders said in a statement. “We are glad the president is seeking authorization for any military action in Syria in response to serious, substantive questions being raised. In consultation with the president, we expect the House to consider a measure the week of September 9th. This provides the president time to make his case to Congress and the American people.”
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) is considering recalling the upper chamber for a vote early, however.