A House stenographer had a meltdown on the House floor Wednesday evening during the voting of a bill that found a middle ground to end the government shutdown and raise the debt limit.
Sources told ABC News that the woman has been identified as Dianne Reidy, a court reporter with the Office of the Clerk.
Reidy was forcibly removed out of the House chamber by security officers after her rants about God and the Freemasons. According to one source, the woman was shouting, “The House is divided.”
“He will not be mocked. He will not be mocked,” the woman yelled. “The greatest deception here is this is not one nation under God. It never was. It never was. Had it been, it would not have been — the Constitution would not have been written by Freemasons. They go against God. You cannot serve two masters. You cannot serve two masters. Praise be to God, lord Jesus Christ.”
The incident caused quite a stir in the chamber as lead member of the House, Rep. Ileana Ros Lehtinen (R-Fla.) tried to restore order by banging the gavel multiple times.
Rep. Gerry Connolly (D-Va.) told the Washington Post that the stenographer is a well-known and liked figure in the House.
“I think there’s a lot of sympathy, because something clearly happened there,” Connolly said.
Reporters and bystanders recorded the whole incident via Twitter:
Chappelear, Chris (@chrischappelear). “Was that a protestor on the #house floor? #cspan.” 16 Oct. 2013, 10:18 p.m.
Pergram, Chad (@ChadPergram). “Protester dragged off House floor. Apparently one of the stenographers from the dais.”16 Oct. 2013, 10:19 p.m.
Memoli, Mike (@mikememoli). “Disruption in House apparently caused by a stenographer, per aides.” 16 Oct. 2013. 10:19 p.m.
Zwillich, Todd (@toddzwillich). “‘Praise be to GOD!’House stenographer Diane Reidy is rushed off the floor and into an elevator...”16 Oct. 2013. 10:18 p.m.