WASHINGTON (AP) — The top Republican in Congress says he will support President Barack Obama's call for the U.S. to take action against Syria for an alleged chemical weapons attack, and he says his party colleagues should support the president, too.

House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner says the use of chemical weapons must be responded to. He says only the United States has the capability and the capacity to stop Syrian President Bashar Assad and warn others around the world that such actions will not be tolerated.

Said Boehner: "This is something that the United States as a country needs to do."

He spoke at the White House on Tuesday after he and other congressional leaders met with Obama.