Senate will take up House bill to prevent shutdown

The Senate on Wednesday will take up the House-passed bill that will fund the government until March 18. 

The House on Tuesday approved its spending measure by a 335-91 vote. The bill, which would cut $4 billion in government spending, split House Democrats. One hundred and four Democrats supported the bill while 85 of them voted no. All but six Republicans supported it.

The Senate's move is a major victory for House Republicans, who outmaneuvered Democrats on the high-profile bill.

After considering a series of amendments to the Patent Reform Act on Tuesday evening, the Senate adjourned at about 6:30 p.m. The Senate is scheduled to return at 9:30 a.m. on Wednesday.