Staffer who was dragged from House floor won't be charged

The staffer who was dragged from the House dais during Wednesday night’s debt-ceiling vote has not been arrested or charged with any crime, U.S. Capitol Police said Thursday.

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The staffer, identified as court reporter Dianne Reidy, had to be forcibly removed from the House floor after climbing to the clerk’s podium and beginning to shout incoherently about religion and the Constitution.

“You cannot serve two masters. You cannot serve two masters. Praise be to God, the Lord Jesus Christ. Praise Forever,” she said.

Members of Congress uniformly described long-time stenographer Reidy as a friendly woman and expressed shock at her outburst.

The woman was interviewed by police and taken to a local hospital for evaluation after the incident, police said.

It remains unclear whether the woman faces disciplinary action at work. The Office of the House Clerk said that it cannot comment on personnel matters.

The outburst came as the House conducted a climatic late-night vote on legislation that re-opened the government and raised the debt ceiling.

According to audio recordings, Reidy was shouting about Jesus, Freemasons and the Founding Fathers.

"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."