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 ReidMcConnell goes hands-off on coronavirus relief bill Kamala Harris to young Black women at conference: 'I want you to be ambitious' Obama calls filibuster 'Jim Crow relic,' backs new Voting Rights Act bill 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 CoburnInspector general independence must be a bipartisan priority in 2020 Congress must protect federal watchdogs Tom Coburn's annual gift to taxpayers MORE (R-Okla.), Jeff SessionsJefferson (Jeff) Beauregard SessionsThe 'pitcher of warm spit' — Veepstakes and the fate of Mike Pence FBI officials hid copies of Russia probe documents fearing Trump interference: book Tuberville breaks DC self-quarantine policy to campaign MORE (R-Ala.) and Maria CantwellMaria Elaine CantwellThe Hill's Coronavirus Report: Mike Roman says 3M on track to deliver 2 billion respirators globally and 1 billion in US by end of year; US, Pfizer agree to 100M doses of COVID-19 vaccine that will be free to Americans Overnight Energy: Supreme Court reinstates fast-track pipeline permit except for Keystone XL | Judge declines to reverse Dakota Access Pipeline shutdown OVERNIGHT ENERGY: Watchdog accuses Commerce of holding up 'Sharpiegate' report | Climate change erases millennia of cooling: study | Senate nixes proposal limiting Energy Department's control on nuclear agency budget 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.