When a bill is passed into law, it is "enacted." A law is first published as a slip or pamphlet. The law is identified with a PL (Public Law) numbers. The Public Law number consists of the Congress number and a sequential number assigned chronologically.
The law is also identified with a Stat (Statutes at Large) number. The Stat number is the number the law will have when it is reprinted in the Statutes at Large.
Public Law No: 115-45. Wounded Officers Recovery Act of 2017 (115th Congress, 45th law passed).
131 STAT. 956 (Vol. 131 of Statutes at Large beginning on page 956)
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