“I was told that it is not on the table from the White House,” Durbin said, “raising the Medicare eligibility age.”

Durbin, the Senate’s second-ranking Democratic leader, made his comments to reporters after a leadership press conference on the “fiscal cliff” talks.

A group of liberal Democrats has said in recent days that raising the Medicare eligibility age from 65 to 67, as President Obama mulled during deficit-reduction talks with Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) in the summer of 2011, would cause them to vote against any year-end deal.

Obama did not rule out the possibility of raising the eligibility age in an interview this week with ABC’s Barbara Walters.