WASHINGTON (AP) _ House Republicans agreed Wednesday night to a brief delay in impeachment proceedings against President Clinton, even though many of them expressed skepticism that airstrikes against Iraq were politically motivated.

Emerging from a closed-door meeting, Republican lawmakers said they expected a delay of a few days at most in the historic debate that had been set to begin Thursday.

``We're not going to put off this impeachment matter indefinitely,'' said Rep. Steve Chabot, R-Ohio, one of several lawmakers who stopped to talk with reporters.