House Stenographer Yanked From Chamber Ranting About God, Freemasons
A government stenographer is believed to be in a Washington, DC-area hospital on Thursday after being forcibly removed from the House of Representatives chamber Wednesday night while shouting into the microphone during the vote on a compromise bill that ended the government shutdown and raised the debt limit.
U.S. Capitol Police told ABC News that the stenographer, who helps keep the record of the proceedings of the House, was interviewed by officers before being transported to a hospital "for evaluation."
The woman was Dianne Reidy, an official reporter with the Office of the Clerk, two sources told ABC News.
She was not arrested or charged and it remains unknown whether she will keep her job. Since last night, the Office of the Clerk has not responded to inquiries seeking comment.
As members cast their votes Wednesday evening on legislation to end the 16-day government shutdown, Reidy was seen calmly ascending the rostrum before unleashing a verbal tirade at members of Congress.
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She was heard shouting "the House is divided," according to one congressional source. After about 30 seconds, Reidy was pulled off the rostrum by two people from the House chamber security staff.
"He will not be mocked," the woman said, according to an audio recording of the incident posted online by Public Radio International reporter Todd Zwillich. "This is not one nation under God. It never was."
"The greatest deception here is this is not one nation under god! It never was. Had it been, it would not have been! The Constitution would not have been written by Freemasons!" she added.
The incident caused a moment of chaos in the chamber as the presiding member, Rep. Ileana Ros Lehtinen, R-Fla., repeatedly banged the gavel, trying to restore order.
According to the Washington Post, Rep. Gerry Connolly, D-Va., expressed "sympathy" for the stenographer "because something clearly happened there."
During the incident, reporters and onlookers documented what they saw and heard in a series of confused tweets:
Protester dragged off House floor. Apparently one of the stenographers from the dais.
- Chad Pergram (@ChadPergram) October 17, 2013
Bizarre moment during House vote. Stenographer gets dragged off House floor - was chanting God Bless America and ranting abt free masons
- Nick Kalman (@NickKalmanFN) October 17, 2013
One of the house stenographers was dragged off the floor for screaming out "praise be to god" and other sayings.
- Molly Hooper (@mollyhooper) October 17, 2013