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List of United States federal legislation

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This is a chronological, but still incomplete, list of United States federal legislation. Congress has enacted approximately 200–600 statutes during each of its 115 biennial terms so that more than 30,000 statutes have been enacted since 1789.

At the federal level in the United States, legislation (i.e., "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 passed by Congress after a presidential veto.

Legislation is not the only source of regulations with the force of law. However, most executive branch and judicial branch[citation needed] regulations must originate in a congressional grant of power. See also: Executive orders issued by the President; Code of Federal Regulations for rules issued by executive branch departments and administrative agencies; and the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure of the federal courts.

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The first 10 amendments to the U.S. Constitution -- also known as the Bill of Rights -- were ratified or passed over 200 years ago. But even though they're a bit, well, old, these first 10 amendments are still the most debated and discussed section of our Constitution today. So can you remember what they are? Let's take a look. The First Amendment is the freedom of speech, press, religion, assembly and petition. This may be the most revered of the amendments. The First Amendment protects our rights to say and write our opinions, worship how we please, assemble together peacefully, and petition our government if we feel the need. The Second Amendment is the right to bear arms. The original intent of the Second Amendment was to protect colonists from the invading British soldiers, but it now guarantees that you have the right to own a gun to defend yourself and your property. The Third Amendment is called the quartering amendment. It was written in response to the British occupation, and as a result of the colonists having to house -- or quarter -- soldiers in their homes during the American Revolution. Because of this amendment, our government can never force us to house soldiers in our home. The Fourth Amendment is the right to search and seizure. The police can't come into our home without a search warrant and take our personal property. Today, many concerns have arisen about our rights to privacy in technology. For example, can the government track your location with your smartphone, or can social media postings such as on Facebook and Twitter be used without a warrant? On to the Fifth. It's all about due process. You've probably heard the phrase "I plead the Fifth" in movies or on TV. They're talking about the Fifth Amendment, which says that you don't have to take the witness stand against yourself if you may end up incriminating yourself. OK, we're halfway done. The Sixth and Seventh Amendments are about how the legal system works. If you're accused of a crime, you have the right to a speedy public trial and an impartial jury. You also have the right to a lawyer, and the right to take the stand if you choose. This is important because it will prevent the accused from sitting in prison forever and insists that the prosecution proceed with undue delay. The Seventh says that if you're charged with a crime, you have the right to a jury trial where 12 impartial peers decide your innocence or guilt in the courtroom, as opposed to a judge doing it all alone. The Eight Amendment prohibits cruel and unusual punishment. Is the death penalty cruel? Is it unusual? It's hard for Americans to agree on the definitions of cruel and unusual. The Ninth and 10th Amendments are called the non-rights amendments. They say that the rights not listed in the Bill of Rights are maintained by the people in the states. We have other rights that are not listed in the Constitution, and the states have the right to make their own policies, like instituting state taxes. So now you know all 10 amendments. Can you remember them all? If not, remember this: the Bill of Rights are a crucial piece of American history, and though society has undergone many changes these past 200 and some years, the interpretation and application of these amendments are as vital today as they were when they were written.

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]


  • 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.Tooltip Public Law (United States) 108–332 (text) (PDF), 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.Tooltip Public Law (United States) 107–252 (text) (PDF), 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

United States Congress

1789 to 1901: 1st through 56th Congresses

1901 to 2001: 57th through 106th Congresses

Start date End date List of enacted legislation Public laws Private laws
1935-01-03 1937-01-03 List of acts of the 74th United States Congress 849 730
1937-01-03 1939-01-03 List of acts of the 75th United States Congress 788 835
1939-01-03 1941-01-03 List of acts of the 76th United States Congress 894 651
1941-01-03 1943-01-03 List of acts of the 77th United States Congress 850 635
1943-01-03 1945-01-03 List of acts of the 78th United States Congress 568 589
1945-01-03 1947-01-03 List of acts of the 79th United States Congress 734 892
1947-01-03 1949-01-03 List of acts of the 80th United States Congress 906 457
1949-01-03 1951-01-03 List of acts of the 81st United States Congress 921 1103
1951-01-03 1953-01-03 List of acts of the 82nd United States Congress 594 1023
1953-01-03 1955-01-03 List of acts of the 83rd United States Congress 781 1002
1955-01-03 1957-01-03 List of acts of the 84th United States Congress 1028 893
1957-01-03 1959-01-03 List of acts of the 85th United States Congress 936 784
1959-01-03 1961-01-03 List of acts of the 86th United States Congress 800 492
1961-01-03 1963-01-03 List of acts of the 87th United States Congress 885 684
1963-01-03 1965-01-03 List of acts of the 88th United States Congress 666 360
1965-01-03 1967-01-03 List of acts of the 89th United States Congress 810 473
1967-01-03 1969-01-03 List of acts of the 90th United States Congress 640 362
1969-01-03 1971-01-03 List of acts of the 91st United States Congress 695 246
1971-01-03 1973-01-03 List of acts of the 92nd United States Congress 607 161
1973-01-03 1975-01-03 List of acts of the 93rd United States Congress 649 123
1975-01-03 1977-01-03 List of acts of the 94th United States Congress 588 141
1977-01-03 1979-01-03 List of acts of the 95th United States Congress 633 170
1979-01-03 1981-01-03 List of acts of the 96th United States Congress 613 123
1981-01-03 1983-01-03 List of acts of the 97th United States Congress 473 56
1983-01-03 1985-01-03 List of acts of the 98th United States Congress 623 54
1985-01-03 1987-01-03 List of acts of the 99th United States Congress 664 24
1987-01-03 1989-01-03 List of acts of the 100th United States Congress 713 48
1989-01-03 1991-01-03 List of acts of the 101st United States Congress 650 16
1991-01-03 1993-01-03 List of acts of the 102nd United States Congress 590 20
1993-01-03 1995-01-03 List of acts of the 103rd United States Congress 465 8
1995-01-03 1997-01-03 List of acts of the 104th United States Congress 333 4
1997-01-03 1999-01-03 List of acts of the 105th United States Congress 394 10
1999-01-03 2001-01-03 List of acts of the 106th United States Congress 580 24

2001 to present: 107th and subsequent Congresses

Start date End date List of enacted legislation Public laws Private laws
2001-01-03 2003-01-03 List of acts of the 107th United States Congress 377 6
2003-01-03 2005-01-03 List of acts of the 108th United States Congress 498 6
2005-01-03 2007-01-03 List of acts of the 109th United States Congress 482 1
2007-01-03 2009-01-03 List of acts of the 110th United States Congress 460 0
2009-01-03 2011-01-03 List of acts of the 111th United States Congress 383 2
2011-01-03 2013-01-03 List of acts of the 112th United States Congress 283 1
2013-01-03 2015-01-03 List of acts of the 113th United States Congress 296 0
2015-01-03 2017-01-03 List of acts of the 114th United States Congress 329 0
2017-01-03 2019-01-03 List of acts of the 115th United States Congress 442 1
2019-01-03 2021-01-03 List of acts of the 116th United States Congress 344 0
2021-01-03 2023-01-03 List of acts of the 117th United States Congress 362 3
2023-01-03 - List of acts of the 118th United States Congress 13 0

See also


  • Acts listed by popular name, via Cornell University
  • Statutes at Large
  • Public laws
  • U.S. Code
  • Brian K. Landsberg (ed), Major Acts of Congress. MacMillan Reference Books (December 2003) ISBN 0-02-865749-7


  1. ^ See, e.g., Act of Aug. 11, 1790, ch. 44, 6 Stat. 3
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