Another amendment, from Reps. Erik Paulsen (R-Minn.) and Jared Polis (D-Colo.), would allow charter schools to receive a second grant after three years if they demonstrate positive student outcomes. The current language allows these second grants after five years.

The House will work until 4 p.m., when it will recess to allow a security sweep of the chamber in preparation for President Obama's 7 p.m. address to a joint session of Congress.


The Senate meets at 9:30 a.m., and after morning speeches will take up H.R. 1249, the patent reform bill titled the America Invents Act. Senate Majority Leader Harry ReidHarry Mason ReidWhite House seeks to shield Biden from GOP attacks on crime issue Lobbying world Warner backing 'small carve-out' on filibuster for voting rights MORE (D-Nev.) said Wednesday that the Senate would hold a final vote on this bill today, and would allow three amendments to be considered.

The Senate has planned five hours of debate on these three amendments, from Sens. Tom CoburnThomas (Tom) Allen CoburnNSF funding choice: Move forward or fall behind DHS establishes domestic terror unit within its intelligence office Wasteful 'Endless Frontiers Act' won't counter China's rising influence MORE (R-Okla.), Jeff SessionsJefferson (Jeff) Beauregard SessionsWant to evaluate Donald Trump's judgment? Listen to Donald Trump Democrat stalls Biden's border nominee Garland strikes down Trump-era immigration court rule, empowering judges to pause cases MORE (R-Ala.) and Maria CantwellMaria Elaine CantwellTop Democrat: 'A lot of spin' coming from White House on infrastructure Biden officials pledge to confront cybersecurity challenges head-on Congress must act now to pass a bipartisan federal privacy law MORE (D-Wash.). Votes are expected to start at about 4 p.m., followed by a final vote on the bill.

Reid also said the Senate would vote sometime after Obama speaks on a joint resolution of disapproval of Obama's expected September decision to raise the debt ceiling again, in accordance with the July debt-ceiling deal. That agreement allowed an initial $400 billion increase to the debt ceiling, and another $500 billion increase this month, subject to the failure of a resolution of disapproval in Congress.

— This story was updated at 9:45 a.m. to clarify the Paulsen-Polis amendment.