April 15 deadline looms for reconciliation of conflicting budget blueprints…

Capitol buildingRepublicans in the House and Senate are beginning the delicate task of reconciling their competing budget blueprints, with several obstacles standing in the way of a deal. GOP leaders muscled budget resolutions through both chambers last week, with the rival documents splitting on issues that could become sticking points in the talks. While Republicans want to adopt a final conference agreement by the April 15 deadline, only two weeks away, it’s likely that work on the budget will extend until later in the month.

Lawmakers won’t return from a spring recess until mid-April, at which point Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) will appoint several conferees to try to resolve their differences.

Here are five policy differences that Republican negotiators will have to resolve.

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