Turning to foreign affairs, Boehner sharply criticized the Obama administration's Israel policy.
After discussing the deadly Israeli commando raid on a ship of activists on May 31 and declaring that the "Israelis have a clear right to defend themselves," Boehner said, "We've coddled our enemies and pushed our friends aside in the process. We're raising a lot of doubts around the world, including the people of Israel who are having serious doubts about our commitment to them, our closest ally in the Middle East."
Hoyer said, "This is not a partisan difference. I strongly support Israel's actions. ... It is appropriate to have a blockade to make sure they don't get the weapons or other materials [for] ... terrorist acts.
"I think they did exactly the right thing in stopping that [ship]," Hoyer said.
Both voiced strong support for the Israeli action, and agreed that the activists on board the Mavi Marmara, the ship where deaths occurred, had intended to cause trouble.