Budget bill reopens moderate vs. progressive divide for Dems

  • FILE - In this Feb. 25, 2015, file photo Rep. Joe Crowley, D-N.Y. left, accompanied by Rep. Xavier Becerra, D-Calif., gestures during news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington. Opposition from some leading moderate Democrats over a $3.5 trillion budget proposal championed by the party’s most-liberal, progressive wing has left the party grappling with deeper ideological questions. “This is critically important for Democrats and for their message in next year’s election,” said former New York congressman Joe Crowley, a veteran Democrat who was upset in the 2018 primary by progressive star, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. “We’re going to blink and we’re going to be in 2022.” (AP Photo/Lauren Victoria Burke, File)

WASHINGTON — One side is energized by the prospect of the greatest expansion of government support since the New Deal nearly a century ago. The other is fearful about dramatically expanding Washington’s reach at an enormous cost.