Senators urged the White House to increase federal heating assistance for low-income families.
Chairman Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) said mining companies will no longer be allowed to dodge royalty payments.
The senator attacked the land use package included in the defense bill.
The Senate passed a bill Thursday aiming to keep an Oregon river scenic.
The senator praised the bipartisan agreement to pass more than 60 land use bills within the defense bill.
Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah) blasted unrelated land use measures.
Virginia Lodge and Ronald Walter will serve on the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) board of directors.
The Tennessee Valley Authority provides low priced power to southeastern states.
The Senate confirmed three of President Obama’s executive nominations on Monday, including a member of the National Labor Relations Board.
The Republican leader said Sen.-elect Bill Cassidy (R-La.) will be a welcomed addition to the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee.