- Oversight of the Department of the Interior, the Department of Energy, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, and the Forest Service
- National Energy Policy
- Coal production
- Energy related aspects of deepwater ports
- Energy regulation and conservation
- Energy research and development
- Extraction of minerals from oceans and Outer Continental Shelf lands
- Hydroelectric power, irrigation, and reclamation
- Mining education and research
- Mining, mineral lands, mining claims, and mineral conservation
- National parks, recreation areas, wilderness areas, wild and scenic rivers, historical sites, military parks and battle fields, and on the public domain, preservation or prehistoric ruins and objects of interest.
- Naval Petroleum Reserves in Alaska
- Nonmilitary development of nuclear energy
- Public lands and forest
- Renewable energy resources including biofuels, wind, solar and geothermal sources of energy
- Territorial policy (including changes in status and issues affecting Antarctica, Guam, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands,US Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, American Samoa, and the Marshall Islands)
- U.S. Department of Energy
- U.S. Department of the Interior
- U.S. Forest Service
- Federal Energy Regulatory Commission
Please note if you would like to invite staff from the majority side of the Committee, the minority side, or both.
There is no one track for an item in the legislative process, and since our Committee has one of the largest jurisdictions in the U.S. Senate, not all items are acted upon each Congress. Typically after introduction, Committee staff works with Senators who have sponsored the bill; conducts research; reviews local, state and federal law; engages the public and stakeholder community; and tries to resolve any outstanding issues. If more information is needed, a hearing may be held. After a hearing, the Committee may take up the bill in a business meeting (often called a mark up) and report it to the full Senate for consideration.
To keep track of a legislative item, you may visit the Library of Congress’s legislative research tool by clicking here.
For pending legislation, if you are with an organization or an interested stakeholder and would like to provide a written statement for the record, we accept statements via our mailing address, fax (202-224-6163) and email (firstname.lastname@example.org), two weeks from the date the hearing took place. If you are sending an email, please include your name and full address on your statement as well as the date and hearing title in the Subject line.
Please note that the Committee does not have jurisdiction over state regulatory or enforcement agencies or issues involving federal agencies. The Committee also does not handle individual cases; these constituent issues should be resolved by the senators that represent you.
All hearings are webcast live. To watch a hearing, click “Live Webcast” on the top of the Committee’s homepage on the day of the hearing.
A webcast will not “go live” until a hearing has officially started, and this occasionally may take a few minutes after the scheduled start time.
To watch archived webcasts of hearings, please click on “Hearing Schedule” on the left side of the Committee homepage. Navigate to appropriate hearing, and use the player box to view the archived recording.
Due to logistical and staffing complexities, the Committee seldom webcasts field hearings.
For a hearing or business meeting that is expected to be well-attended, those wishing to attend are advised to arrive 30 minutes to an hour before the designated start time and be prepared to wait outside the hearing room. Witnesses and their aides are allowed to enter the hearing room before the start time of the hearing.
Seating is on a first come, first serve basis. Once our hearing room has reached capacity, (as determined by the Fire Department and U.S. Capitol Police), no one else will be allowed to enter unless another person leaves the hearing room and is not returning.
For especially crowded hearings, the Committee will arrange for an overflow room, provided one is available. Archived webcasts of past hearings are available on our website.
Yes, but mostly during the summer. Normally, summer interns are assigned by the Chairman and/or Ranking Member’s personal offices and usually come from the home states of the respective Chairman and/or Ranking Member. The committee recently finished accepting applications for fall 2023 interns. Check here for more information regarding winter/spring internship opportunities.
Other times of the year we tend to host legislative fellows from academic societies, professional groups and federal agencies. Those interested in an internship or fellowship with the committee should send their resume and a short cover letter to email@example.com. Please indicate your party preference, if any.
Please note that due to the amount of resumes we receive, the Committee is unable to respond individually to submissions. If Committee staff has any questions or needs further information they will contact you.
Electronically, to firstname.lastname@example.org. The Committee keeps resumes on file in the event that a position becomes available, but due to the amount of resumes we receive, the Committee is unable to respond individually to these submissions. If Committee staff has any questions or needs further information, they will contact you.