Diane Reidy

Diane Reidy

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Diane Reidy is an official stenographer for the U.S. House of Representatives.[1] On the evening of October 16, 2013 Reidy was forcibly removed from the house when she interrupted the proceedings by speaking into a microphone to all those assembled.[2] The late night session of the house of representatives was in the process of counting votes for legislation to end the government shutdown and raise the debt ceiling, averting a possible unprecedented default on the U.S. debt. Reidy’s outburst occurred at the culmination of a major fiscal and governmental crisis, coinciding with historically low public approval of congress.[3]

The media reaction to Reidy’s statement described it as a “rant”,[4] a “meltdown”[5] and “crazy”.[6] In contrast, the fiscal crisis created by the politicians cost the United States an estimated 24 billion dollars,[7] shut down major parts of the civil service for 16 days, and damaged the country’s reputation internationally.[8]

Transcript of Reidy’s statement[edit]

This is a transcript of what Diane Reidy said on October 16, 2013, based on the C-Span recording.[9]

    He will not be mocked
    He will not be mocked 
    The greatest deception here is this is not one nation under God
    It never was
    Had it been, it would not have been
    No, 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
    ... (no longer audible)

This transcript is from her rant by the elevator not from the podium. The rant from the podium is unknown


  1. Jump up^ Kucinich, Jackie (16 October 2013). “House stenographer makes scene as bill passes”Washington Post. Retrieved 18 October 2013.
  2. Jump up^ Kucinich, Jackie (16 October 2013). “House stenographer makes scene as bill passes”Washington Post. Retrieved 18 October 2013.
  3. Jump up^ Blumenthal, Mike (7 October 2013). “HUFFPOLLSTER: Dismal Congressional Approval Rating Continues To Drop”Huffington Post. Retrieved 18 October 2013.
  4. Jump up^ Weigel, David (17 October 2013). “House Stenographer Snaps, Rants About Masons, During Late-Night Vote”Slate. Retrieved 18 October 2013.
  5. Jump up^ EDELMAN, ADAM (16 October 2013). “House stenographer unleashes bizarre outburst as Congress voted on bill to reopen government, settle debt limit Read more: http://www.nydailynews.com/news/politics/house-stenographer-unleashes-bizarre-outburst-congress-voted-bill-reopen-government-article-1.1488063#ixzz2i3DhRZn2”New York Daily News. Retrieved 18 October 2013.
  6. Jump up^ Feldman, Josh. “‘You Cannot Serve Two Masters!’ House Stenographer Goes Crazy During House Vote, Escorted Out”. Mediaite.com. Retrieved 18 October 2013.
  7. Jump up^ Mullaney, Tim (17 October 2013). “Shutdown cost billions in wages, shopping and more”USA Today. Retrieved 18 October 2013.
  8. Jump up^ Taylor, Paul (17 October 2013). “Analysis: U.S. ‘soft power’ takes a hit over government shutdown”Reuters. Retrieved 18 October 2013.
  9. Jump up^ “Diane Reidy House Stenographer scolds congress on God, Jesus, Fre”. Youtube. Retrieved 18 October 2013.