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


Trump Signs Harvey Aid Bill:

President Trump and Congress have quickly acted to help deliver storm recovery money to the thousands of Texans dealing with the aftermath of Harvey.

The US House overwhelmingly approved sending a $15.3 billion disaster aid package to the President Friday morning and Trump signed it Friday afternoon.

Lawmakers overcame objections from conservatives who didn’t want the emergency aid linked to a temporary increase in the country’s borrowing authority.

The bill keeps the government funded into December.

“I thought it was absolutely the right thing to do,” Mick Mulvaney, Trump’s budget director, said. “I think the president is sending the message that the president is a very results driven person. He wants to see results. And right now he wants to see results on hurricane Harvey, hurricane Irma and tax reform and he saw an opportunity to work with the Democrats on this particular issue, this particular time to get those things done.”

The measure would refill depleted emergency accounts. It’s only the first installment of a federal aid package that could exceed the $100-billion plus provided after Hurricane Katrina.


Federal Government Preps for Irma:

But is the money enough to help Texas and Florida as people there prepare to face or flee Hurricane Irma? We take a look at how FEMA resources are dwindling as Congress scrambles to send billions more to the agency.


Reporter Roundtable:

Capitol Press Corps reporters Scott Braddock of the Quorum Report, Patrick Svitek with the Texas Tribune and Peggy Fikac of the San Antonio Express-News weigh in on Gov. Abbott’s response to Harvey and his pick to lead the state’s rebuilding efforts. Plus, the DACA decision and what it means for Texas.


PolitiFact Texas:

Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller recently said during an interview on Capital Tonight that a poll showed 70 to 75 percent of people want to see Confederate statues remain up and not taken down. Gardner Selby of PolitiFact Texas put Miller to the truth-o-meter. Find out how he rated tonight at 7pm.


Capital Tonight airs weeknights at 7pm on Spectrum News.


Posted by Karina Kling