A DPS trooper spots a motorist along Highway 83 in Starr County.
A DPS trooper spots a motorist along Highway 83 in Starr County.

Texas poised to maintain most of its border funding for Trump's first years

Despite the Trump administration’s early moves to ramp up detentions and deportations and build a border wall, Texas budget writers don't appear likely to significantly dial back funding for state-based border security operations this year.

 
State Sen. Larry Taylor, R-Friendswood, chair of the Senate Education Committee, directs a witness during testimony on March 21, 2017.   
<p>State Sen. Larry Taylor, R-Friendswood, chair of the Senate Education Committee, directs a witness during testimony on March 21, 2017. &nbsp;&nbsp;</p>

Texas Senate passes restrictions on abortion insurance

Texas senators voted 19-10 on Wednesday afternoon to require women to pay a separate premium if they want their health plan to cover an elective abortion. 

State Sens. Jane Nelson, R-Flower Mound, and John Whitmire, D-Houston, at a hearing on Senate Bill 2 on March 14, 2017.
State Sens. Jane Nelson, R-Flower Mound, and John Whitmire, D-Houston, at a hearing on Senate Bill 2 on March 14, 2017.

Texas Senate accounting maneuver finds $2.5B in budget; Straus calls it “cooking the books”

By delaying a diversion of sales tax money for transportation projects, Texas Senate leaders said they had an additional $2.5 billion to spend on needs such as health care and schools.

Texas Senate passes restrictions on abortion insurance

State Sen. Larry Taylor, R-Friendswood, chair of the Senate Education Committee, directs a witness during testimony on March 21, 2017. &nbsp;&nbsp;
<p>State Sen. Larry Taylor, R-Friendswood, chair of the Senate Education Committee, directs a witness during testimony on March 21, 2017. &nbsp;&nbsp;</p>

Texas senators voted 19-10 on Wednesday afternoon to require women to pay a separate premium if they want their health plan to cover an elective abortion. 

Texas Senate accounting maneuver finds $2.5B in budget; Straus calls it “cooking the books”

State Sens. Jane Nelson, R-Flower Mound, and John Whitmire, D-Houston, at a hearing on Senate Bill 2 on March 14, 2017.
State Sens. Jane Nelson, R-Flower Mound, and John Whitmire, D-Houston, at a hearing on Senate Bill 2 on March 14, 2017.

By delaying a diversion of sales tax money for transportation projects, Texas Senate leaders said they had an additional $2.5 billion to spend on needs such as health care and schools.

 

Trump signs NASA bill aimed at landing on Mars

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U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (far left) looks on as President Donald Trump signs&nbsp;the NASA authorization bill on March 21, 2017.
<p>U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (far left) looks on as President Donald Trump signs&nbsp;<span>the NASA authorization bill on March 21, 2017.</span></p>

President Trump signed a bill Tuesday authorizing $19.5 billion dollars in funding for NASA. U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, one of the bill's sponsors, attended the bill ceremony.