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These Farm Programs Will Turn Into Pumpkins Sunday If Congress Doesn’t Act
Top negotiator on farm bill doesn’t want extension that could keep them afloat

Work requirements for SNAP recipients have been a sticking point as lawmakers try to reach a deal on the farm bill. (Christopher Furlong/Getty Images file photo)

Dozens of programs for military veterans turned farmers, small rural businesses and expanding foreign markets for agriculture will end Sunday if lawmakers do not extend the expiring 2014 farm bill.

Senate Agriculture Chairman Pat Roberts of Kansas said Monday that “it’ll be a tall order” to get a replacement for the current law completed and enacted before the midterm elections in November.

Mixed Messages: Trump Offers Platitudes, Warnings on Iran at UN
President says Rouhani is a ‘lovely man’ and ‘sows death and destruction’

President Donald Trump addresses the United Nations General Assembly on Tuesday. He spent much of Tuesday sending mixed signals to Iranian leaders. (Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

President Donald Trump’s second day at a United Nations conference in New York began with mixed signals from the U.S. diplomat-in-chief on Iran — including platitudes and warnings.

Trump’s second address to the UN General Assembly featured plenty of vintage moments, with tough rhetoric for friends and foes alike. His message for North Korea was one of partnership a year after he declared its leader, Kim Jong Un, was on a “suicide mission.” He threatened to slash U.S. aid to many UN members and declared China’s trade practices will not be tolerated much longer.

Senate Republicans Eye Monday or Tuesday Floor Vote on Kavanaugh
Schedule assumes Judiciary Committee hearing, markup does not alter GOP plans

Protesters opposing the Brett Kavanaugh confirmation to the Supreme Court march to Sen. Susan Collins’s office on Monday, Sept. 24, 2018. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Senate Republican leaders want to schedule a floor vote for Monday or Tuesday on the confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court “unless something derailed it along the way,” according to Senate Republican Conference Chairman John Thune of South Dakota. 

Thune told reporters at the Capitol on Tuesday that if all goes according to plan, Republicans could get the procedural gears turning over the weekend. That assumes Thursday’s hearing of the Senate Judiciary Committee featuring Kavanaugh and Christine Blasey Ford, who has accused him of sexual assault, does not alter the current trajectory that Senate GOP leaders have set. 

Pete Aguilar Announces Bid for Democratic Caucus Vice Chair Against Katherine Clark
Democrats have their second contested leadership race for the 116th Congress

Rep. Pete Aguilar, D-Calif., is running for Democratic Caucus vice chair. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

House Democrats officially have their second contested leadership race, with California Rep. Pete Aguilar announcing Tuesday that he plans to run for Democratic Caucus vice chair. 

Aguilar will face Massachusetts Rep. Katherine Clark, who announced her plans to run for the position in July.  

Trump: Second Kavanaugh Accuser Was ‘Too Messed Up’ to be Credible
President makes strongest statement yet against Supreme Court nominee’s accuser

President Donald Trump waves after addressing the media after arriving at the United Nations General Assembly on Tuesday. (Stephanie Keith/Getty Images)

Mia Love Says Democrats Attacking Her Because She’s a Black, Republican Woman
Rhetoric in race for Utah’s 4th District heating up as campaigns attack each other in ads

Utah Republican Rep. Mia Love and Salt Lake County Mayor Ben McAdams are stepping up the personal attacks ahead of their tightly contested election for Utah's 4th District. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

GOP Rep. Mia Love has a theory for why the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee and the Democratic National Committee are targeting her seat — and it’s not because her Democratic opponent, Salt Lake County Mayor Ben McAdams, has pulled within single digits in numerous polls this summer.

It’s because, she said in an interview on Fox News radio Monday, she is black, Republican, and successful.

FAA Passage Likely, But Timing Unclear in Senate as Deadline Looms
The current Federal Aviation Administration authorization ends on Sunday

Sen. John Thune, R-S.D., told CQ that weekend work is possible if Senate can't get to FAA bill by Friday. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Even after lawmakers in both chambers took a major step toward a long-term Federal Aviation Administration authorization over the weekend, the path to enactment before a Sunday deadline remains uncertain as several other important votes jockey for floor time in the Senate.

The House is scheduled to vote this week on the five-year bill, which members of the House and Senate from both parties agreed to early Saturday morning, but the Senate schedule is less certain.

World Leaders Laugh as Trump Boasts of Accomplishments
‘Didn’t expect that reaction, but that’s OK,’ president responds

President Donald Trump attends a meeting on the global drug problem at the United Nations with UN Ambassador Nikki Haley on Monday. (Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

Other world leaders laughed Tuesday when President Donald Trump began his UN General Assembly address by saying his administration has accomplished more than perhaps any in U.S. history.

Trump smiled wide and looked around the hall as the laughter continued.

Ted Cruz Heckled Out of D.C. Restaurant by Anti-Kavanaugh Protesters
'We believe the survivors!' activists shout

Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, was shouted out of an Italian restaurant near the Capitol Monday. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Sen. Ted Cruz and his wife, Heidi, were heckled out of a high-end Italian restaurant near the Capitol on Monday night by a group of protesters chanting, “We believe survivors!”

A video of the episode shows roughly a dozen protesters crowding Cruz’s table at Fiola on Pennsylvania Avenue as he and his wife appeared to be getting up to leave.

Word on the Hill: What’s Buzzing on Capitol Hill?
Cruz’s dinner interrupted, Alexander chairs the other hearing this week, and free fries

(Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

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