speech or debate clause

noun, often capitalized S&D&C
speech or de·​bate clause

Legal Definition of speech or debate clause

: a clause in Article I, Section 6 of the U.S. Constitution granting members of Congress a privilege from arrest and legislative immunity for any speech or debate made in either of the houses

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“Speech or debate clause.” The Merriam-Webster.com Legal Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/legal/speech%20or%20debate%20clause. Accessed 25 January 2020.

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