The new $15 million program will help state and local governments expand their solar energy usage.
Sen. John Cornyn warned against an executive order requiring the technology.
Rep. Steve Stockman aims to dock federal funding to states with gun registries.
Senate Democrats are urging the Federal Reserve to prohibit banks from investing in physical commodities like oil, gas and metals, because of the risks it poses to the U.S. financial system.
Nearly 10,000 schools across the country are located within a mile of a chemical facility, according to a watchdog group that is pushing new regulations.
Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) called Wednesday for a bankruptcy court to reject a General Motors motion to throw out lawsuits over its recalled vehicles that were filed before its 2009 restructuring.
GM is reportedly seeking protection from lawsuits filed between 2004 and 2010.
Senators cited concerns about "startlingly" high rates of salmonella and campylobacter.
The company is asking a bankruptcy judge in San Francisco to declare it cannot be sued for accidents that happened before GM's restructuring in 2009.
Thursday's edition of the Federal Register contains new rules for coal miners who suffer from black lung disease, renewable energy development on the Outer Continental Shelf, railroad accident reporting requirements, and airplane takeoff and landing procedures.
The loan help will go toward projects that reduce or capture greenhouse gas emissions.