In a bizarre end to the House vote to reopen the federal government late Wednesday night, a House stenographer was escorted off the House floor after yelling into a microphone about God, Free Masons and a divided government, House aides and members said.
The woman, Dianne Reidy, was carried off the floor by House staff.
"The greatest deception here is this is not one nation under God, it never was,” she could be heard yelling.
"The Constitution would not have been written by Free Masons, they go against God,” Reidy also said.
The incident visibly shook House aides, who forcefully pulled the woman away from the dais during her outburst.
No immediate information was available about her condition or the reason for her remarks. Capitol police were interviewing the woman shortly after the disruption.
First published October 16 2013, 8:16 PM