Speaker Paul Ryan is considering seeking a new Authorization of Military Force, that would formally declare war on the Islamic State.
Currently, the U.S. operates on the last AUMF passed in 2001 in the wake of the Sept. 11 attacks.
Member of both parties have long sought this measure, but Ryan's apparent move represents the furthest along the proposal has ever gotten.
Ryan has reached out to committee chairman to gauge support and to potentially get the process started, following through on his comments from last month to start the process of looking at a new AUMF.
"I'm looking forward to continuing our discussions. As I've said before, if we can get an AUMF done that ensures our commanders have the flexibility they need to defeat ISIS, I want to move it," House Foreign Affairs Chairman Ed Royce said in a statement to Politico.
The second half of Royce's statement potentially foreshadowed some of the problems that could occur in getting a new AUMF: Republicans and Democrats just by and large don't agree on foreign policy.
"But ultimately, it is going to be up to President Obama to lead. Containment has failed. The administration already has the authority it needs to take the fight to these radical Islamist terrorists, and it needs to step up," Royce said.
Rep. Gerry Connolly, D-Va., was similarly apprehensive and concerned, calling the chances of passing such a proposal "very low."
"In an ideal world, we would, of course, authorize the use of military force … But the age-old problem is that people want it both ways. They want the freedom to criticize and kvetch, but they don't want the responsibility of authorizing something," Connolly said.