(CNN) - In a big boost for President Barack Obama, House Speaker John Boehner and House Majority Leader Eric Cantor said Tuesday they'll vote for the president's resolution to use military force in Syria.
"This is something that the United States as a country needs to do," Boehner told reporters Tuesday at the White House after meeting with the president. "I will support his call for action, and I believe my colleagues should too."
Boehner's statement marks a significant point in the debate over whether Congress should authorize the president to take action, as the House speaker generally tries to keep his personal position out of the limelight when it comes to controversial votes.
In a lengthy statement, Cantor also said he intends to vote for the president's proposal.
"America has a compelling national security interest to prevent and respond to the use of weapons of mass destruction, especially by a terrorist state such as Syria, and to prevent further instability in a region of vital interest to the United States," he said.