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Liberal House Dems push back on Social Security plan

While all eyes are on House Republicans ahead of Thursday evening's planned vote on Speaker John Boehner's (R-Ohio) 'Plan B,' an afternoon news conference by several of the chamber's most liberal members served as a reminder that Democrats have concerns of their own about a potential "fiscal cliff" compromise.

The half-dozen members of the Congressional Progressive Caucus gathered outside of the House side of the Capitol to renew their call for President Obama to exclude from a potential deal any changes to the definition of inflation used in calculating annual Social Security cost-of-living increases.

Such changes, known as "chained CPI," would constitute a benefit cut for the most vulnerable Americans, the Democrats argued.