‘‘We will oppose including Social Security cuts for future or current beneficiaries in any deficit-reduction package,’’ said the letter, which was signed by many top Democrats, including Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada. In the House, Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi has taken the same position, not only on Social Security, but also on Medicare and Medicaid.
‘‘There hasn’t been the slightest suggestion about what they’re going to do about the real problems, and that’s entitlements,’’ said Sen. Orrin Hatch of Utah, the top Republican on the Senate Finance Committee. ‘‘There’s a certain cockiness that I've seen that is really astounding to me since we’re basically in the same position we were before’’ the election.
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