May Congresspersons Be Sued for Their Statements?
Hutchinson v. Proxmire (1979)
The "Speech or Debate Clause" in Article I, Section 6 of the Constitution provides that senators and representatives "shall not be questioned in any other place" over "any speech or debate in either House." This has been interpreted to mean that they cannot be sued for anything they say in their legislative chambers. How far does this protection extend?