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Senate's No. 2 Democrat calls for cuts to social safety net

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A top Democrat pressured fellow progressives Tuesday to consider long-term changes to the social safety net, even as the party digs in for a fight to save Medicare and other government programs from deep budget cuts. "We can't be so naive to believe that just taxing the rich will solve our problems," said Illinois Sen. Richard J. Durbin, speaking at the influential liberal group called Center for American Progress. "Put everything on the table. Repeat. Everything on the table."

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