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This is a chronological, but still incomplete, list of notable United States federal legislation; because Congress has enacted approximately 200–600 statutes during each of 110 biennial terms, more than 20,000 statutes have been enacted since 1789.

At the federal level in the United States, legislation (a.k.a. "statutes" or "statutory law") consists exclusively of Acts passed by the Congress of the United States (and its predecessor, the Continental Congress), that were either signed into law by the President or subsequently passed by Congress after a presidential veto.

Contents:
Publication of the law
Statutes at Large
Sessions and Chapters
Public Laws
Examples


Continental Congress
Years: Congress number
1789–1801: 1 2 3 4 5 6
1801–1811: 7 8 9 10 11
1811–1821: 12 13 14 15 16
1821–1831: 17 18 19 20 21
1831–1841: 22 23 24 25 26
1841–1851: 27 28 29 30 31
1851–1861: 32 33 34 35 36
1861–1871: 37 38 39 40 41
1871–1881: 42 43 44 45 46
1881–1891: 47 48 49 50 51
1891–1901: 52 53 54 55 56
1901–1911: 57 58 59 60 61
1911–1921: 62 63 64 65 66
1921–1931: 67 68 69 70 71
1931–1941: 72 73 74 75 76
1941–1951: 77 78 79 80 81
1951–1961: 82 83 84 85 86
1961–1971: 87 88 89 90 91
1971–1981: 92 93 94 95 96
1981–1991: 97 98 99 100 101
1991–2001: 102 103 104 105 106
2001–present: 107 108 109 110 111
See also
Sources

Legislation is not the only source of regulations with force of law. However, most executive branch regulations must originate in a congressional grant of power. See also: Executive orders of the President; regulations of Executive branch departments and administrative agencies; and the procedural rules of the federal courts.

Publication of the law

Statutes at Large (Stat.)

Acts of Congress are published in the United States Statutes at Large. Volumes 1 through 18, which have all the statutes passed from 1789 to 1875, are available on-line at the Library of Congress, here. In the list below, statutes are listed by X Stat. Y, where X is the volume of the Statutes at Large and Y is the page number, as well as either the chapter or Public Law number. See examples below.

Sessions (Sess.) and Chapters (ch.)

Each Congress has two to four sessions. Under the numbering system used from 1789 until 1957, the Acts in each session are numbered sequentially as Chapters. This numbering included both laws applicable to the general public and laws relating to specific individuals, e.g., to grant pensions to disabled veterans.[1]

Public Laws

Since 1957, Acts of Congress related to the general public have been designated in the form: Public Law X-Y where X is the number of the ordinal Congress and Y is the number of the chronological order of the public Act in that Congress. This numbering is continuous across sessions of Congress and does not include acts relating to individuals, which are analogously given Private Law X-Y designations. (From 1901 to 1957, the Statutes at Large listed both a chapter and a Public/Private number for each act[2]) See examples below.

Examples

  • The Militia Act of 1862 of July 17, 1862, Sess. 2, ch. 201, was the 201st Act of the second session of the 37th Congress.
  • The National Banking Act of February 25, 1863, Sess. 3, ch. 58, was the 58th Act of the third session of the 37th Congress.
  • The Global Anti-Semitism Review Act of 2004 of October 16, 2004, Pub.L. 108-332, 118 Stat. 1282, was the 332nd Act of Congress (statute) passed in the 108th Congress. It can be found in volume 118 of the U.S. Statutes at Large, starting at page 1282.
  • The Help America Vote Act of October 29, 2002, Pub.L. 107-252, 116 Stat. 1666, was the 252nd Act of the 107th Congress. It can be found in volume 116 of the U.S. Statutes at Large, starting at page 1666.

Congress of the Confederation

1789 to 1801

1st United States Congress

2nd United States Congress

3rd United States Congress

4th United States Congress

5th United States Congress

6th United States Congress

1801 to 1811

7th United States Congress

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9th United States Congress

10th United States Congress

11th United States Congress

1811 to 1821

12th United States Congress

13th United States Congress

14th United States Congress

15th United States Congress

16th United States Congress

1821 to 1831

17th United States Congress

18th United States Congress

19th United States Congress

20th United States Congress

21st United States Congress

1831 to 1841

22nd United States Congress

23rd United States Congress

24th United States Congress

25th United States Congress

26th United States Congress

1841 to 1851

27th United States Congress

28th United States Congress

29th United States Congress

30th United States Congress

31st United States Congress

1851 to 1861

32nd United States Congress

33rd United States Congress

34th United States Congress

35th United States Congress

36th United States Congress

1861 to 1871

37th United States Congress

38th United States Congress

39th United States Congress

40th United States Congress

41st United States Congress

1871 to 1881

42nd United States Congress

43rd United States Congress

44th United States Congress

45th United States Congress

46th United States Congress

1881 to 1891

47th United States Congress

48th United States Congress

49th United States Congress

50th United States Congress

51st United States Congress

1891 to 1901

52nd United States Congress

53rd United States Congress

54th United States Congress

55th United States Congress

56th United States Congress

1901 to 1911

57th United States Congress

58th United States Congress

59th United States Congress

60th United States Congress

61st United States Congress

1911 to 1921

62nd United States Congress

63rd United States Congress

64th United States Congress

65th United States Congress

  • April 24, 1917: 1st Liberty Loan Act
  • May 12, 1917: Enemy Vessel Confiscation Joint Resolution
  • May 12, 1917: 1st Army Appropriations Act of 1917
  • May 18, 1917: Selective Service Act of 1917, Sess. 1, ch. 15, 40 Stat. 76
  • May 29, 1917: Esch Car Service Act of 1917
  • June 15, 1917: 2nd Army Appropriations Act of 1917
  • June 15, 1917: Search Warrant Act of 1917
  • June 15, 1917: Emergency Shipping Fund Act of 1917
  • June 15, 1917: Espionage Act of 1917, Sess. 1, ch. 30, 40 Stat. 217
  • August 8, 1917: River and Harbors Act of 1917
  • August 10, 1917: Priority of Shipments Act of 1917
  • August 10, 1917: Obstruction of Interstate Commerce Act of 1917
  • August 10, 1917: Food and Fuel Control Act (Lever Act)
  • August 14, 1917: Grain Standards Act of 1917
  • October 1, 1917: 2nd Liberty Loan Act
  • October 1, 1917: Aircraft Board Act of 1917
  • October 3, 1917: War Revenue Act of 1917
  • October 5, 1917: Repatriation Act of 1917
  • October 6, 1917: Explosives Act of 1917
  • October 6, 1917: International Emergency Economic Powers Act (Trading with the Enemy Act), Sess. 2, ch. 106, 40 Stat. 411
  • October 6, 1917: War Risk Insurance Act of 1917
  • October 6, 1917: Smoot Amendment
  • December 26, 1917: Federal Possession and Control Act
  • February 24, 1918: Revenue Act of 1918
  • March 8, 1918: Soldiers' and Sailors' Civil Relief Act
  • March 19, 1918: Standard Time Act (Calder Act), Sess. 2, ch. 24, 40 Stat. 450
  • March 19, 1918: Daylight Savings Act (Borland-Calder Act)
  • March 21, 1918: Federal Control Act of 1918
  • April 4, 1918: 3rd Liberty Loan Act
  • April 5, 1918: War Finance Corporation Act
  • April 10, 1918: Webb-Pomerene Act
  • April 18, 1918: American Forces Abroad Indemnity Act
  • April 20, 1918: Destruction of War Materials Act
  • May 9, 1918: Alien Naturalization Act
  • May 16, 1918: Housing For War Needs Act
  • May 16, 1918: Sedition Act of 1918, Sess. 2, ch. 75, 40 Stat. 553
  • May 20, 1918: Departmental Reorganization Act (Overman Act)
  • May 22, 1918: Passport Control Act
  • May 22, 1918: Entry and Departure Controls Act
  • May 31, 1918: Saulsbury Resolution
  • June 27, 1918: Veterans Rehabilitation Act (Smith-Sears Act)
  • June 27, 1918: Industrial Aid Act (Fess Act)
  • July 3, 1918: Migratory Bird Treaty Act of 1918, Sess. 2, ch. 128, 40 Stat. 755
  • July 9, 1918: Army Appropriations Act of 1918
  • July 9, 1918: 4th Liberty Loan Act
  • July 9, 1918: Public Health and Research Act of 1918 (Chamberlain-Kahn Act)
  • July 18, 1918: Charter Rate and Requisition Act of 1918
  • July 18, 1918: River and Harbors Act of 1918
  • October 16, 1918: Immigration Act of October 16, 1918, (Dillingham-Hardwick Act Sess. 2, ch. 186, 40 Stat. 1012
  • October 16, 1918: Corrupt Practices Act of 1918 (Gerry Act)
  • November 7, 1918: National Bank Consolidation Act of 1918
  • November 21, 1918: War-Time Prohibition Act
  • February 24, 1919: Revenue Act of 1919
  • February 24, 1919: Child Labor Act of 1919
  • February 26, 1919: Grand Canyon Park Act of 1919
  • February 26, 1919: Acadia National Park Act of 1919
  • March 2, 1919: River and Harbors Act of 1919
  • March 2, 1919: War Minerals Relief Act of 1919 (Dent Act)
  • March 3, 1919: Hospitalization Act of 1919
  • March 3, 1919: War Risk Insurance Act of 1919
  • March 3, 1919: 5th Liberty Loan Act
  • March 4, 1919: Wheat Price Guarantee Act (Lever Act)

66th United States Congress

1921 to 1931

67th United States Congress

68th United States Congress

69th United States Congress

70th United States Congress

  • March 10, 1928: Settlement of War Claims Act
  • May 15, 1928: Flood Control Act of 1928 (Jones-Reid Act)
  • May 22, 1928: Merchant Marine Act of 1928 (Jones-White Act)
  • May 22, 1928: Forest Research Act (McSweeney-McNary Act)
  • May 22, 1928: Capper-Ketchum Act
  • May 28, 1928: Welsh Act
  • May 29, 1928: Revenue Act of 1928
  • May 29, 1928: Reed-Jenkins Act
  • December 21, 1928: Boulder Canyon Project Act (Hoover Dam)
  • December 22, 1928: Color of Title Act
  • January 19, 1929: Hawes-Cooper Act
  • February 18, 1929: Migratory Bird Conservation Act (Norbeck-Anderson Act)
  • March 2, 1929: Increased Penalties Act (Jones-Stalker Act)

71st United States Congress

1931 to 1941

72nd United States Congress

73rd United States Congress

74th United States Congress

75th United States Congress

76th United States Congress

1941 to 1951

77th United States Congress

78th United States Congress

79th United States Congress

80th United States Congress

81st United States Congress

1951 to 1961

82nd United States Congress

83rd United States Congress

84th United States Congress

85th United States Congress

86th United States Congress

1961 to 1971

87th United States Congress

88th United States Congress

89th United States Congress

90th United States Congress

91st United States Congress

1971 to 1981

92nd United States Congress

93rd United States Congress

94th United States Congress

95th United States Congress

96th United States Congress

1981 to 1991

97th United States Congress

98th United States Congress

99th United States Congress

100th United States Congress

101st United States Congress

1991 to 2001

102nd United States Congress

103rd United States Congress

104th United States Congress

105th United States Congress

106th United States Congress

2001 to present

107th United States Congress

108th United States Congress

109th United States Congress

110th United States Congress

111th United States Congress

See also

Sources

References

  1. ^ See, e.g., Act of Aug. 11, 1790, ch. 44, 6 Stat. 3
  2. ^ About Bills, Resolutions, and Laws







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