The House will consider granting President Obama authorization to strike Syria the week of Sept. 9, House leaders said Saturday.

Speaker John BoehnerJohn Andrew BoehnerWe need more congressional oversight on matters of war A warning to Ryan’s successor: The Speakership is no cakewalk With Ryan out, let’s blow up the process for selecting the next Speaker MORE (R-Ohio) and other members of his leadership team applauded Obama for seeking the authorization, but made no mention of bringing Congress back early to consider it.

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That would postpone any military strike against Syria — which had seemed imminent — until at least after Sept. 9, when Congress is set to return from a five-week vacation.

“Under the Constitution, the responsibility to declare war lies with Congress. We are glad the president is seeking authorization for any military action in Syria in response to serious, substantive questions being raised,” the statement from the GOP leaders said. “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.”

The statement was signed by BoehnerJohn Andrew BoehnerWe need more congressional oversight on matters of war A warning to Ryan’s successor: The Speakership is no cakewalk With Ryan out, let’s blow up the process for selecting the next Speaker MORE, Majority Leader Eric CantorEric Ivan CantorRace for Republican Speaker rare chance to unify party for election Scalise allies upset over Ryan blindside on McCarthy endorsement 2018 will test the power of political nobodies MORE (R-Va.), Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) and Conference Chair Cathy McMorris RodgersCathy McMorris RodgersLobbying world McMorris Rodgers calls for messaging meeting with younger members House Republicans prepare to battle for leadership slots MORE (R-Wash.). Boehner has not said whether he supports a strike, and a House Republican leadership aide said the onus for winning the vote would be on Obama.

"This vote is going to depend on the president making the case to Congress - and, more importantly, the American people," the aide said. "We are also going to need complete, serious answers to the questions the Speaker and other have asked."

Support also came from GOP senators.

“I am very pleased that the president has listened to the suggestion we and many others have made to bring this authorization to Congress,” said Sen. Bob CorkerRobert (Bob) Phillips CorkerGOP anxiety grows over Trump’s Iran decision Trump backs Renacci in Ohio Senate race The Hill's 12:30 Report MORE (R-Tenn.). And on the left, liberals said Obama was putting down an important precedent by seeking authorization.

“After years of societal and international norms being thrown out the door -- and things like torture, violations of civil liberties, and war becoming normalized -- today's announcement is an important down payment on proper norms and regular order being restored,” said Adam Green, co-founder of the Progressive Change Campaign Committee.


Russell Berman contributed to this report.

This report was updated at 3:25 p.m.