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9/11 First Responders Bill Fails In House

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The topic of 9/11 was the center of an emotional storm on Thursday -- this time in Washington, D.C. -- as lawmakers debated healthcare funding for responders.
And has CBS 2 HD witnessed, the most heated moments were between two respected members of New York's delegation.

During the debate over healthcare for 9/11 responders, politics got in the way of the people the bill is supposed to help.

"Thank God for our country that the first responders of 9/11 didn't look for cover before they did what they had to do and lived up to their oath," said Rep. Peter King (R-Long Island).

King called Democrats cowards for circumventing traditional House rules in an effort to avoid amendment issues like immigration that could come up during the midterm elections.

"This bill should be more important than a campaign talking point. You could have passed it any time during the past three and a half years but you want political cover," King said.

That sent queens Democrat Anthony Weiner into a red-faced rage.

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