Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid announced the chamber cleared a slate of nominees. (Jacquelyn Martin/AP)

The list included Allison Macfarlane to chair the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, and Kristine Svinicki to be a commission member.

The Senate gave the nod to almost a dozen ambassadors, including those to Burma, Nepal, and Sri Lanka. And it also approved of the nomination of Deborah Jeffrey to be Inspector General of the Corporation for National And Community Service, a post that became vacant after President Obama fired her predecessor, Gerald Walpin. Walpin later unsucessfully sued the administration for wrongful termination and prompted congressional investigations.