WASHINGTON — A House stenographer exploded on the House floor Wednesday evening, shortly before the House concluded its vote to reopen the government and raise the debt ceiling.
The stenographer, according to Texas Democratic Rep. Joaquin Castro, went up to the dais during the vote, just below the Speaker’s chair, where Florida Republican Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen was presiding, and began shouting. His first thought, he told reporters, was to wonder how someone could have gotten onto the House floor from outside — only members and staff are permitted on the floor.
Fox News’ Chad Pergram identified the woman as Dianne Reidy, a stenographer for the House. According to Legistorm, Reidy’s salary comes to $126,050.04, more than double the median U.S. income of $52,100. She has been in the job since 2005.
Reidy’s Facebook page lists a variety of Christian interests, along with HuffPost Impact.
Castro told a group of reporters Reidy had “kind of crazed look, quite frankly. It was very disturbing for members of Congress.”
“The microphone was off,” Castro said, so no one could hear what she was saying.
Reporters standing outside the chamber saw the doors burst open as people physically pushed her out of the chamber as she resisted and toward an elevator.