Prior to the vote on passage, which is set for after 4 p.m., the upper chamber will engage in five-hours of debate and votes on three amendments that pertain to the legislation.
The most controversial amendment of the three is sponsored by Sen. Tom CoburnTom CoburnWill Trump back women’s museum? Don't roll back ban on earmarks Ryan calls out GOP in anti-poverty fight MORE (R-Okla.) and in effect would prohibit the federal government from using funds raised through patent fees for unrelated purposes.
The other two amendments offered by Sens. Jeff SessionsJeff SessionsTrump’s White House is a step backward in racial progress The people have spoken: Legalizing cannabis is good Republican policy GOP rep: Trump has 'extra-constitutional' view of presidency MORE (R-Ala.) and Maria CantwellMaria CantwellOvernight Energy: Dakota pipeline standoff heats up Obama rescinds Arctic offshore drilling proposal Overnight Energy: Hopes rise for Flint aid MORE (D-Wash.), pertain to patent term extensions and a transitional program for covered business method patents, respectively.
Before adjourning the Senate at about 8 p.m. Reid also outlined the schedule for the rest of the week saying the Senate would move to a procedural vote on a joint resolution of disapproval of the president’s exercise of authority to increase the debt limit. That vote will occur after President Obama delivers his "jobs" speech to a joint session of Congress on Thursday night.
Reid said if that resolution is taken up he might hold the Senate open “for a long time” on Friday to "dispose" of it.
The Senate is set to return at 9:30 a.m. on Thursday.