EDITORIAL RECLASSIFICATION
TITLE 2, UNITED STATES CODE



BRIEF SUMMARY OF CHANGES

In 2014, chapters 3 and 4 of title 2, United States Code, were reorganized into eleven new chapters in order to set forth more clearly the provisions relating to officers and employees of the Senate and the House of Representatives. No statutory text was altered by this reorganization. The provisions were merely transferred from one place to another in title 2, United States Code. For the online version of the United States Code, the reorganization occurred on February 1, 2014, after which the new Code citations were effective. For the printed version of the United States Code, the reorganization occurred effective with supplement I of the 2012 edition.


BACKGROUND AND NEED FOR CHANGE

The Office of the Law Revision Counsel is responsible for maintaining and publishing the United States Code. An integral part of producing the Code is determining where new laws should be placed. This is a challenging task because new law must be placed not only to fit logically within existing Code categories, but also to allow room for future development. Over time, some areas of law outgrow their original boundaries due to the enactment of new laws and amendments. As a result, the Code becomes less organized, harder to navigate, and less reflective of the underlying structure of the statutes.

Chapter 4 of title 2, United States Code, was an area of law that developed far beyond its original boundaries. Chapter 4 included over 250 sections jammed into the small run of Code sections between sections 60 and 131. As a result, chapter 4 became cluttered and its structure was confusing.


NEW STRUCTURE

     * Chapter 41, Congressional Officers and Administration (2 U.S.C. 4101 et seq.).
     * Chapter 43, Congressional Committees (2 U.S.C. 4301 et seq.).
     * Chapter 45, Congressional Pay and Benefits (2 U.S.C. 4501 et seq.).
     * Chapter 47, Congressional Ethics (2 U.S.C. 4701 et seq.).
     * Chapter 49, Congressional Pages (2 U.S.C. 4901 et seq.).
     * Chapter 51, House of Representatives Leadership (2 U.S.C. 5101 et seq.).
     * Chapter 53, House of Representatives Members (2 U.S.C. 5301 et seq.).
     * Chapter 55, House of Representatives Officers and Administration (2 U.S.C. 5501 et seq.).
     * Chapter 61, Senate Leadership (2 U.S.C. 6101 et seq.).
     * Chapter 63, Senate Members (2 U.S.C. 6301 et seq.).
     * Chapter 65, Senate Officers and Administration (2 U.S.C. 6501 et seq.).


MAJOR ACTIONS AND STATUS

  • March 23, 2015.—The Office of the Law Revision Counsel completed, and submitted to the House Committee on the Judiciary for introduction in the 114th Congress, a draft bill to make technical amendments to update statutory references to certain provisions classified to title 2, United States Code.
  • June 18, 2015.—H.R. 2830 (114th Congress) was introduced and referred to the House Committee on the Judiciary.
  • November 18, 2015.—H.R. 2830 (114th Congress) ordered to be reported.
  • September 6, 2016.—H.R. 2830 (114th Congress) passed in the House of Representatives.
  • September 7, 2016.—H.R. 2830 (114th Congress) received in the Senate and referred to the Senate Committee on the Judiciary.
  • January 6, 2017.—The Office of the Law Revision Counsel submitted an updated draft bill (and accompanying explanation) to the House Committee on the Judiciary for introduction in the 115th Congress.
  • March 15, 2018.—H.R. 5296 (115th Congress) was introduced and referred to the House Committee on the Judiciary.
  • April 23, 2018.—The Office of the Law Revision Counsel submitted to the House Committee on the Judiciary for introduction in the 115th Congress a draft bill (and accompanying explanation) to make technical amendments to update statutory references to certain provisions classified to title 2, United States Code, title 50, United States Code, and title 52, United States Code.

TRANSITIONAL RESOURCES AND FEEDBACK

(1) Bill.

(2) Explanation.

(3) Comprehensive Chart - old/new Code citations for all transferred provisions (PDF).

(4) Comprehensive Chart - old/new Code citations for all transferred provisions (HTML).


Questions and comments about the bill to make technical amendments to update statutory references to certain provisions classified to title 2, United States Code, title 50, United States Code, and title 52, United States Code, should be directed to:


     Robert M. Sukol, Deputy Law Revision Counsel

     U.S. House of Representatives

     Washington, D.C. 20515

     Email: robert.sukol@mail.house.gov

     Telephone: (202) 226-2411