Mass. Democrats oppose benefit cuts in fiscal-cliff talks
Massachusetts Democrats in Congress are expressing opposition to cutting benefit programs as part of a deal to avert the ``fiscal cliff,’’ reflecting the tricky calculus facing President Obama as he negotiates with Republicans. Members of the Bay State’s House delegation are wrestling with conflicting impulses. They want to avoid a shock to the economy that would result from the expiration of Bush-era tax cuts and automatic spending cuts due to take hold on Jan. 1. But they say they are unwilling to entertain any changes to Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid that would erode these safety-net benefits.