Speech or Debate Clause
- A provision in the U.S. Constitution's Article I, Section 6 that protects members of Congress from legal actions related to their statements or discussions in their respective houses
- When questioned about his controversial statements, the senator invoked the Speech or Debate Clause as his defense.
- Under the Speech or Debate Clause, legislators are protected from prosecution for their speech during legislative sessions.
- The Speech or Debate Clause assures that members of Congress can freely debate issues without fear of legal repercussions.