Thursday, October 17, 2013
A House stenographer was pulled out of the House chamber while shouting into the microphone during Wednesday’s vote on a compromise bill to end the government shutdown and raise the debt limit.
The woman was Dianne Reidy, an official reporter with the Office of the Clerk, two sources told ABC News.
As members cast their votes Wednesday evening on legislation to end the 16-day government shutdown, Reidy can be seen calmly ascending the rostrum before directing her tirade at Members of Congress.
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.
The U.S. Capitol Police told ABC News that the subject was interviewed by USCP before being transported to a local area hospital “for evaluation.” She was not arrested or charged.
The Office of the Clerk has not responded to inquiries seeking comment.
According to the Washington Post, Rep. Gerry Connolly, D-Va., expressed “sympathy” for the stenographer “because something clearly happened there.”
Source: ABC News