The Meaning of “United States”…could be VERY different depending on context!

Have a quick look at this:

http://www.freedom-school.com/code-defines-united-states.pdf

I was looking to refresh my memory on the several definitions of “United States”, because the common understanding is that it always means “The 50 states of the union”. In fact, it rarely means that.

There are some 75 separate definitions of “United States” listed here, which goes to show that a term varies greatly, dependent upon the context. Laws are always an expression of jurisdiction; you can’t apply laws to a place in which you can’t enforce them. 

Note how some of the definitions mention the 50 states, some do not. One of the biggest caveats to reading these definitions is the word “includes”, the danger being that people often complete these in their heads by thinking “Oh, in addition to the common meaning of ‘state’,  it includes Washington DC and all the territories and possessions.” However, a definitions means precisely what it says, and nothing else. That is what makes it a definition.

Going thru those 75 versions of “United States”–

“TITLE 5 PART III Subpart F CHAPTER 71 SUBCHAPTER I

Sec. 7103. Definitions; application

(18) ‘United States’ means the 50 States, the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, Guam, the Virgin Islands, the Trust Territory of the Pacific Islands, and any territory or possession of the United States.”
 
Because the 50 States are mentioned here, “LABOR-MANAGEMENT RELATIONS” can be legislated anywhere in the country, as a service to and to defend the rights of all Americans, not just those receiving privilege/benefit from the Federal government aka the US.
 
“7 USC Sec. 1359jj  TITLE 7 CHAPTER 35 SUBCHAPTER II Part B
subpart vii
Sec. 1359jj. Administration
c) ‘United States’ and ‘State’ defined
Notwithstanding section 1301 of this title, for purposes of this subpart, the terms ‘United States’and ‘State’ means (FOOTNOTE 1) the 50 States, the District of Columbia, and the
Commonwealth of Puerto Rico.”
________________________
“7 USC Sec. 2116 – TITLE 7CHAPTER 53 
Sec. 2116. Definitions
As used in this chapter:

(e) The term ‘United States’ means the 50 States of the United States of America.”
 
” 7 USC Sec. 6102 TITLE 7 CHAPTER 90 
Sec. 6102.
Definitions

…(15) State and United States The terms ‘State’ and ‘United States’ include the 50 States of the United States, the District of Columbia, and the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico.”
 
7 USC Sec. 6202  TITLE 7 CHAPTER 91
Sec. 6202. Definitions

As used in this chapter:
(15) State and United States
The term –
(A) ‘State’ means each of the 50 States of the United States, the District of Columbia, and the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico; and
(B) ‘United States’ means the 50 States of the United States, the District of Columbia, and the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico.”
 
26 USC Sec. 4612  TITLE 26 Subtitle D CHAPTER 38 Subchapter A –

 
Sec. 4612. Definitions and special rules 
(a) Definitions For purposes of this subchapter
(4) United States
(A) In general The term ‘United States’ means the 50 States, the District of

Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, any possession of the United States, the

Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, and the Trust Territory of the Pacific Islands.”
 
“TITLE 5 PART III Subpart F CHAPTER 71 SUBCHAPTER I 
Sec. 7103. Definitions; application
(18) ‘United States’ means the 50 States, the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, Guam, the Virgin Islands, the Trust Territory of the Pacific Islands, and any territory or possession of the United States.”
 

That is 7 definitions out of 75 that actually pertain to the 50 states.  I can’t say the list is exhaustive,  but I can’t imagine that this is not more or or less a cross section of laws, representing the general relationship of laws applying to the 50 states, vs those applying to Federal areas or applying to both.  I could go on all day about the implications of what is specified and what is not in these definitions, but the reader can certainly look into these more deeply. This illustrates that it is simple and easy to mention the 50 states of the union when it is applicable to do so.

 
Contrast the above definitions with this one, which is to be found throughout the U.S. Code in some form or another, but never mentioning the 50 states:
 
“5 USC Sec. 5911  TITLE 5 PART III Subpart D CHAPTER 59

SUBCHAPTER II
Sec. 5911. Quarters and facilities; employees in the United States
(a) For the purpose of this section –
(4) ‘United States’ means the several States, the District of Columbia, and the territories and
possessions of the United States including the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico”
 
What you find is that when “several States” are mentioned, or “Any State of the United States”,

“State” is defined as inclusive of DC, Guam, Virgin Islands, etc.– any place that the Federal government has exclusive jurisdiction over.

 
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