FILE - In this June 20, 2017, file photo, the U.S. Capitol in Washington at sunrise. Keep the government running and confirm Brett Kavanaugh as the next Supreme Court justice. Those are the big-ticket items that Republican leaders in Congress hope to accomplish as lawmakers look to wrap up their work in 2018 and head home to campaign for the November elections. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

Challenge for Congress: Consider Kavanaugh, keep lights on

September 02, 2018 - 4:40 am

WASHINGTON (AP) — Keep the government running and confirm Brett Kavanaugh as the next Supreme Court justice.

Those are the big-ticket items that Republican leaders in Congress hope to accomplish as lawmakers look to wrap up their work and head home to campaign for the November elections.

Democrats want to keep the government open, but they're also fighting to derail the nomination of Kavanaugh, the second Supreme Court nominee from President Donald Trump.

Other items on the agenda when Congress returns Tuesday: passing a farm bill, renewing federal aviation programs and grilling social media executives about foreign interference in their operations and whether they're biased against conservatives.

The House is returning after a five-week break. The Senate was in session for much of August working on presidential nominations and spending bills.