King: Congress has 'moral obligation' to increase 9/11 first-responder funds

The New York lawmaker said the government and Congress failed to "do the job they were supposed to do for the heroes of 9/11" in the initial iteration of the bill by excluding cancer coverage.

"The amount of the money in the [fund], you know, has not been increased," King said. "We have to find ways to increase that fund. We have a moral obligation to stand by those who put their lives on the line, not just on 9/11, but in the days and weeks and months following 9/11."

The GOP lawmaker went on to point the finger at some of his fellow Republicans for not doing enough to fund the account for the first-responders.

"The next crisis is going to come with there not being enough money in the fund," King said. "You're right, it was taken out by people in my party. I said then and I'm saying now it was wrong. We have an absolute moral obligation. This is the same as people who have been wounded in battle. We have an obligation to them. I'm going to do all I can to make sure we get that money in over the next several years."

King was also asked about the release of a book by a retired Navy SEAL present at the raid that resulted in the death of Osama bin Laden. The book, published under a pseudonym, was not reviewed by the Pentagon, leading some to label it as a potential danger to future intelligence operations.

King echoed that concern, but said the White House started the trend of revealing information about the raid.

"To disclose anything about that incident is wrong, it tells the enemy what our tactic be and procedures are," King said. "No matter what the Navy SEAL says, that he didn't put anything sensitive in there, there has to be sensitive material there. It started with the White House last year — they should have never said anything other than Osama bin Laden was killed by U.S. forces. Leave it at that."