speech or debate clause

noun

speech or de·​bate clause
often capitalized S&D&C
: 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.” Merriam-Webster.com Legal Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/legal/speech%20or%20debate%20clause. Accessed 21 May. 2024.

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