United States Code

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The Code of Laws of the United States of America (United States Code, U.S. Code or U.S.C.) is a compilation and codification of the general and permanent federal law of the United States. It contains 50 titles[1] (along with a further 4 proposed titles) and is published every six years by the Office of the Law Revision Counsel of the House of Representatives.[2] The current edition of the code was published in 2006.


Codification process

The official text of an Act of Congress is that of the "enrolled bill" (traditionally printed on parchment) presented to the President for his signature or disapproval. Upon enactment of a law, the original bill is delivered to the Office of the Federal Register (OFR) within the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA).[3] After authorization from the OFR,[4] copies are distributed as "slip laws" by the Government Printing Office (GPO). The Archivist assembles annual volumes of the enacted laws and publishes them as the United States Statutes at Large. By law, the text of the Statutes at Large is "legal evidence" of the laws enacted by Congress.[5] Slip laws are also competent evidence.[6]

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