I am looking at the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2019, and interested in discovering how much spending the budget covers.

Early in the bill, there is a reference to existing legislation: "--Section 251(c) of the Balanced Budget and Emergency Deficit Control Act of 1985 (2 U.S.C. 901(c)) is amended by striking paragraphs (7) and (8) and inserting the following: ...", but the amended bill is not linked anywhere and my search failed to turn anything up.

What tools do people usually use for reading legislation? I am thinking about trying to build one if this is as good as it gets, but I expect I am just looking in the wrong place.

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    I'm voting to close this question as off-topic because it's not a question about the law but a question about research materials. Jan 24, 2020 at 21:42
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    I'm happy to move this or close it, if you have any idea where it belongs. I figured that legal research was a part of the practice of law, and that people that work closely with law would have a recommendation of where to find relevant legislation.
    – Charlie
    Jan 24, 2020 at 22:05
  • @BlueDogRanch I always thought that legal research questions were on topic.
    – ohwilleke
    Feb 27, 2020 at 20:44
  • I think that the material you are looking for is on Congress.gov but it can be a bit hard to work thought to find.
    – ohwilleke
    Feb 27, 2020 at 20:45

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There a few places; this particular statute, for example, can be found on Cornell's legal site or on that of the House.


uslaw.link is the best tool I've found so far for looking up citations. Cornell's legal site @Jack Fleeting linked is the best free site I've found so far. It has some references to other documents linked and tries to give definitions to some terms used in the text.

From asking around a bit, it sounds like legal professionals use WestLaw or Lexis. I'm not aware of better tools for reading law as a layperson.

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