Golden Gate University Law Review


Will Tress


This article looks at the development of the U.S. Code as the primary expression of federal statutory law and at those features which detract from its usefulness in that role. To provide background, some defmitions of terms pertaining to codes are provided, followed by a history of the U.S. Code, a description of appropriations riders as a source of uncodified law, and a look at some of the agencies that create and maintain the Code. The Analysis section discusses particular problems with the current Code. Special attention is paid to enacted law relegated to footnotes and appendices of the Code, and to serially enacted appropriations riders that are never codified at all.

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