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:


GOP Releases Final Tax Bill:

Republicans have unveiled the final version of their sweeping tax plan and newfound support from two wavering senators means it’s likely headed to President Trump to be signed by Christmas.

The bill would cut rates for corporations and the wealthy while offering modest reductions for the middle class.

It would also expand the child tax credit, preserve the adoption tax credit and allow Americans to deduct some medical expenses.

It does eliminate the requirement that Americans buy health insurance under the Affordable Care Act.

Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, told reporters Friday in Austin he expects a vote by Tuesday.

“Our goal is to grow the economy for everybody. We’ve been suffering through anemic economic growth since the Great Recession of 2008, but I don’t think any of us should have to accept that as the new normal,” Cornyn said.

Cornyn was also asked about Rep. Blake Farenthold’s decision to not seek re-election.

The Corpus Christi Congressman was hit with multiple sexual harassment allegations.

Cornyn said Farenthold made the right decision and that Congress has “a lot to do” to regain its reputation as a safe workplace.


Reporter Roundtable:

Bob Garrett of the Dallas Morning News and Paul Weber with the Associated Press join us at 7 to discuss Rep. Farenthold’s decision to not seek re-election. They also weigh in on sexual harassment policy changes at the Texas Capitol and the 2018 state of play.


Texas CHIP Funding Extended Through February:

Texas will get additional money to keep the popular children’s health insurance program — CHIP — in business a little longer.

The state’s health agency said it got confirmation from the federal government that Texas will receive roughly $135 million in funds.

That’s enough to help cover CHIP clients through February so cancellation notices won’t be sent later this month.

CHIP covers more than 450,000 Texas kids.

The program’s future has been in limbo since Congress failed to renew its funding in September.

But Sen. Cornyn also tweeted Friday that Congress will pass a long-term CHIP funding bill next week.


UT System Chancellor Resigning in May:

The University of Texas System Chancellor has announced he’s stepping down. William McRaven said he plans to leave the school in May citing non-serious health concerns.

He informed the Board of Regents of his decision during a meeting Friday.

McRaven is most known for being the man who directed the raid that killed Osama Bin Laden. The retired Navy Admiral had no professional academic experience when he was hired to lead the UT system.

He recently clashed with university regents but said he’s leaving for personal reasons.


PolitiFact Texas:

Foul play in the Alabama Senate race? Gardner Selby of PolitiFact Texas is in to fact-check a claim about a recount. He also puts Texas Railroad Commissioner Ryan Sitton to the truth-o-meter over a statement about Hurricane Harvey housing needs.


Capital Tonight airs weeknights at 7 on Spectrum News.


Posted by Karina Kling