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Making Improvements in Enactment of Title 41

Floor Speech

Location: Washington, DC


Ms. ZOE LOFGREN of California. Mr. Speaker, I yield myself such time as I may consume.

Mr. Speaker, I'm pleased to join my colleague, Judiciary Committee Chairman Lamar Smith, in bringing this bill to the floor. This is a commonsense bill. As has been noted, it makes technical revisions to bipartisan legislation enacted during the 111th Congress that created the new title 41 to the U.S.C., which pertains to public contracts.

This bill was prepared by the Office of Law Revision Counsel as part of its ongoing responsibility to draft and submit to the Committee on the Judiciary, one title at a time, a complete compilation, restatement and revision of the general and permanent laws of the United States.

The bill makes conforming amendments to laws contained in title 41, corrects references that require more particular reference. In addition, the bill omits references to outdated or repealed laws, makes clarifying revisions to sections of title 41 that do not provide meanings for particular words for the purpose of clarity, and corrects two cross-references to public laws that may have been erroneously included.

The bill is not intended to make any substantive changes to the law. As is typical with the codification process, a number of nonsubstantive revisions are made, including the revision of sections into a more coherent overall structure; but these changes, as I've said, are not intended to have any substantive effect.

I urge my colleagues to support this legislation. And I would like to take this opportunity to thank the Office of the Law Revision Counsel for its good work. This makes the practice of law more coherent in the United States.

We have no speakers, and so I yield back the balance of my time.


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