Susan, a librarian at City College

Patronís Query:    

I want to find a legislative history for Public Law 118-596 on pension funding. It was enacted in 2004.


Find a specific legislative history

Starting Info:

Incorrect citation

  1. Selects Bills, Legislative Histories & Laws from the left-hand navigation bar.

  2. Selects the Get a Document Tab, and leaves the Select Document Type option at the default Legislative Histories.

  3. Selects Public Law Number from the Enter Number options.

  4. Knows that the citation is incorrect because the drop-down list only goes up to the 110th Congress. Clicks on the link at the bottom of the page to Congressional Session Dates and verifies that a law enacted in 2004 would have been enacted in the 108th Congress. Selects 108 from the Congress drop-down and types 596 in the search box.

  5. Clicks the Search button, but gets no results.

  6. Looking at the citation number more closely,  determines that this is a Statutes at Large citation rather than a Public Law Number citation (the correct citation is 118 Stat 596).

  7. Selects Statutes at Large from the Enter Number options and types 118 in the first search box and 596 in the second search box.

  8. Clicks the Search button and retrieves the correct result, the legislative history for Public Law 108-218, the Pension Funding Equity Act of 2004.

Search Tip:  If you are searching for an item using a Public Law or Statutes at Large citation, make sure you know which type of citation you have.  If the citation doesnít work, do a keyword search using other information that you have, such as topic and date.