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Bernie Sanders to Obama: Keep your word on Social Security

Other liberal senators, like Ohio's Sen. Sherrod BrownSherrod Campbell BrownSchumer insists Democrats unified after chaotic coronavirus debate Mandel gets Club for Growth nod in Ohio Senate primary Bipartisan bill would ban lawmakers from buying, selling stocks MORE, have criticized the president for considering changes to Medicare.

But in all, Democrats aren’t exactly on the same page as to what is currently on the table in the debt talks, which have an aim of reaching a deal that would allow Congress to raise the debt ceiling by Aug. 2.

On Tuesday, Senate Majority Leader Harry ReidHarry Mason ReidNevada looks to shake up presidential primary calendar Biden turns focus to next priority with infrastructure talks How to pass legislation in the Senate without eliminating the filibuster MORE (D-Nev.) said he was only willing to look at Medicare or Medicaid within the context of the grand deal that Obama and House Speaker John BoehnerJohn Andrew BoehnerThree ways James Kvaal can lead postsecondary education forward Boehner book jacket teases slams against Cruz, Trump Cruz hits back at Boehner for telling him to 'go f--- yourself' MORE (R-Ohio) were once willing to strike. BoehnerJohn Andrew BoehnerThree ways James Kvaal can lead postsecondary education forward Boehner book jacket teases slams against Cruz, Trump Cruz hits back at Boehner for telling him to 'go f--- yourself' MORE backed away from that sort of the bargain over the weekend because of differences on tax revenue. 

For his part, Rep. Steny Hoyer (D-Md.), House minority whip, stressed after Monday’s deficit talks that Democrats have been willing to discuss any and everything in the discussions.

In a Tuesday release, Sanders’s office also pushed the argument that Social Security was not driving deficits, and slammed the proposal to link benefits to chained CPI, a slower inflation measure. Such a move would lead to decreases in beneficiaries’ cost-of-living adjustments.