On July 22, the Senate Energy Committee reported two bills, S. 512 amending the Energy Policy Act of 2005 and S. 916 facilitating drilling for oil and gas on federal lands, out of committee. S. 512 will require the Secretary of Energy to carry out programs to develop and demonstrate two small modular nuclear reactor designs and S. 916 aims to limit the dependence of the United States on foreign sources of oil and gas and make drilling easier on federal property.