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House stenographer rants about the devil during shutdown vote

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CHICAGO (FOX 32 News) -

A long-time stenographer at the House of Representatives was dragged off the floor after the vote, in a bizarre footnote to the end of the shutdown.

The stenographer, identified at Diane Reidy, walked to the rostrum and ranted at House members - just below where the House presiding officer sits.

She shouted that God will not be mocked and that freemasons wrote the Constitution, among other things. The microphone she was yelling into was turned off.

Lawmakers said she was yelling about the House being divided and the devil. Texas Democratic Rep. Joaquin Castro said she had a crazed look on her face.

As Reidy was led into an elevator by security, she was heard to shout, "This is not one nation under God. It never was."

She also screamed, "Praise be to God, Lord Jesus Christ."

The outburst occurred while the House was voting on legislation ending the government shutdown and extending the federal debt limit.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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