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Mass. Democrats oppose benefit cuts in fiscal-cliff talks

WASHINGTON — Massachusetts Democrats in Congress are digging in against cuts to benefit programs as part of any deal to avert an impending fiscal crisis, reflecting the difficult calculus facing President Obama as he negotiates with Republicans.

Members of the Bay State’s House delegation — all Democrats — said they are wrestling with conflicting impulses. They want to avoid the blow to the economy that would result from hitting the so-called “fiscal cliff,” the spending cuts and tax hikes that automatically kick in at year’s end if lawmakers cannot come up with a better plan.

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