Our daily digest is an update on the stories we’re following in Texas politics today. Here’s what we’re working on for 7pm:

 

Trump Signs Order on Health Care:

President Trump has taken the effort to repeal and replace Obamacare into his own hands.

With a swipe of his pen, the president signed an executive order today to start the process of dismantling the health care legislation.

It was one of his central campaign promises — but attempts to ditch Obamacare have fallen short in Congress.

We’ll have the latest on the order and Jamie Dudensing, CEO of the Texas Association of Health Plans, joins us in studio to discuss what it could mean for Texans.

 

Straus Launches Committee to Study Economic Competitiveness:

Texas House Speaker Joe Straus is calling on the business community to ‘not back down.’

In a speech to the Austin Chamber today, the San Antonio Republican says he hopes the recent fight over the so-called “bathroom bill” can be a clear turning point for both Texas and his party.

The failed legislation would have regulated where transgender Texans could use the restroom.

It was a priority of Lt. Governor Dan Patrick but received widespread business backlash.

Now, Straus is putting together a new committee to make sure Texas can continue to entice new companies.

“We can’t just assume that jobs are destined to come to Texas if we continue to spend so much time talking about bathroom bills or whatever wedge issue gets manufactured next,” Straus said.

Straus said the committee will look at factors that draw businesses to the state — including education and infrastructure. He’s given the panel a December 12th deadline to reports its findings.

 

Schools Ask Lawmakers for Help with Harvey Recovery Costs:

Texas may be on the mend following Hurricane Harvey. But the massive price tag for the disaster continues to come into focus.

That’s especially evident for Texas public schools, many of which suffered heavy damage during the storm.

From flooded classrooms to roofs that were ripped away, some schools suffered catastrophic damage. Others assisted in sheltering refugees.

They’re now faced with millions in storm costs and lawmakers are trying to figure out how the state will pay for it. We dive into the details at 7.

 

US House Passes $36.5 Billion in Disaster Relief:

The US House has passed a crucial disaster relief package totaling 36.5 billion dollars.

The bill combines 18.7 billion for FEMA disaster relief with 16 billion to permit the financially troubled federal flood insurance program pay an influx of Harvey-related claims.

The bill did not include the nearly 19 billion dollars in funding Gov. Abbott and the Texas Congressional delegation requested specifically for Gulf Coast victims in Texas.

But leaders have promised more aid for Texas in the coming weeks.

The aid package passed today also includes five billion to help keep Puerto Rico’s government functioning following Hurricane Maria.

An additional 577 million would also pay for firefighting efforts on the west coast.

The Senate is set to vote on the bill next week.