Our daily digest is a mid-day update on the stories we’re following in Texas politics today. Here’s what we’re watching:


Senate Republican leaders are working to rescue their health care bill as rebellious Republican opposition grows. Monday, the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office said the measure would leave 22 million more people uninsured by 2026 than President Barack Obama’s law.

Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, has been pushing for passage and took to Twitter Tuesday to respond to a tweet that said he was leaving the door open to delaying the Senate vote. “I am closing the door,” Cornyn tweeted. “We need to do it this week before double-digit premium increases are announced for next year.”


Our DC bureau reporter Alberto Pimienta will have the latest on the Senate standoff tonight at 7. Plus, we’ll be joined by Patrick Bresette, Executive Director of Children’s Defense Fund-Texas, to discuss what the bill could mean for Texas children.


We’ll also be joined by Lawrence Sager, a constitutional theorist and former dean of UT-Austin’s Law School, to discuss how several Supreme Court decisions on religious freedom issues could affect Texas.


Watch Capital Tonight at 7pm and follow us @TXCapTonight.


Posted by Karina Kling