House Stenographer Dragged From House Floor During Shutdown Vote

Dianne Reidy unleashed a tirade about God and Freemasons during the House vote on the budget deal.

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While America let out a collective sigh of relief when Congress managed to end the 16-day government shutdown Wednesday night, one House stenographer snapped during the vote and unleashed a bizarre rant about God and Freemasons.

The House of Representatives were in the middle of voting on a deal brokered by Senate leaders Mitch McConnell and Harry Reid Wednesday night when a House stenographer, identified by Fox News as Dianne Reidy, approached the speaker's chair.

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"He [God] will not be mocked," Reidy said as the vote was still in progress. "The greatest deception here is this is not 'one nation under God.' It never was…The constitution would not have been written by Freemasons. They go against God. You cannot serve two masters. Praise be to God."


Audio and video footage show Reidy protesting security efforts to remove her from the House. Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, R-Fla., who was presiding over the House, told Fox News that Reidy approached the podium beneath her and asked if the microphones were on.

"I said that I didn't know. I assumed that perhaps I was chatting too much to the helpful parliamentarians around me" she told Fox News. "I hammered to get control and hush her up. She said something about the devil. It was sudden, confusing and heartbreaking. She is normally a gentle soul."

Reidy was later interviewed by Capitol Police and taken to a local hospital for a mental evaluation, CNN reported.

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