The top Republican leaders in the U.S. House issued a statement Saturday saying they are glad the president will seek congressional authorization for any military action against Syria.
In the statement, House Speaker John Boehner, Majority Leader Eric Cantor, Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy and Conference Chair Cathy McMorris Rodgers said they expect the House to consider the measure the week of Sept. 9, the first week Congress will be back in session after a summer break.
President Barack Obama announced Saturday he has decided the U.S. should take military action against Syria, but he will seek authorization for the use of force from Congress.
Obama said the military intervention would not involve "boots on the ground" and would be limited in duration and scope.
"Some things are more important than partisan differences or the politics of the moment," he said. "Today I'm asking Congress to send a message to the world that we are united as one nation."
A series of cruise missile strikes from five Navy vessels in the Mediterranean was considered the most likely tactic for the U.S.
If a strike were to be ordered, that directive would go from the White House to Hagel and Dempsey. Dempsey would then send it to U.S. Central Command. From there, the order would go out to the U.S. ships that would execute the strike.
It would be in response to an alleged chemical weapons attack on Aug. 21 in suburban Damascus that Kerry described as an "indiscriminate, inconceivable horror." The Syrian government denied it used chemical weapons in that case and blamed the rebel forces of perpetrating the attack seen in graphic videos posted online.