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How Congress passed an HHS spending bill for the first time in years

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and House Speaker Paul Ryan
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and House Speaker Paul Ryan. (Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Congress yesterday sent a funding bill for the Department of Health and Human Services to President Trump's desk — the first time it has completed that bill in more than 20 years.

Why it matters: For all the chaos consuming Washington, this is a notable achievement for leadership, especially Speaker Paul Ryan. This bill has historically been bogged down by the politics surrounding abortion and the Affordable Care Act.

Trump tells Republicans to "GET TOUGH" on border wall funding

President Trump returned to a favorite topic — the funding for his proposed border wall — in a Thursday morning tweet.

"I want to know, where is the money for Border Security and the WALL in this ridiculous Spending Bill, and where will it come from after the Midterms? Dems are obstructing Law Enforcement and Border Security. REPUBLICANS MUST FINALLY GET TOUGH!"

Our thought bubble, from Axios' Jonathan Swan: "After the midterms" is the only important part of this tweet. Trump has privately promised Paul Ryan and Mitch McConnell that he won't shut down the government before the election — but nobody I've spoken to who's involved in the process feels 100% confident that he'll keep his word.

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