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Obama’s fiscal offer gives his party pause

WASHINGTON — Democrats in Congress, including members of Massachusetts’ delegation, were unhappy Tuesday to learn that President Obama may be willing to trim future Social Security payments as part of a budget deal. But with little progress in meeting a Jan. 1 deadline, even liberals in the party did not rule out such a reduction in a New Deal centerpiece.

Some suggested that targeting Social Security might be the lesser of two evils, compared with the other major idea for entitlement program cuts that has been floated in Washington: raising the Medicare eligibility age from 65 to 67. House minority whip Steny Hoyer said Tuesday that raising the Medicare age is a “much more sensitive’’ issue.

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