House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi has a strong message for President Barack Obama: House Democrats will not support cuts in benefits to Social Security or Medicare in talks to strike a deal on the nation’s debt limit. In addressing her opposition to including major changes to entitlements, she said:

“We do not support cuts in benefits for Social Security and Medicare. Any discussion of Medicare or Social Security should be on its own table. I have said that before. You want to take a look at Social Security? Then look at it on its own table. But do not consider Social Security a piggy bank for giving tax cuts to the wealthiest people in our country.

We are not going to balance the budget on the backs of America’s seniors, women and people with disabilities.”

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