October 17th, 2013
12:24 AM ET
1 year ago

Stenographer snaps, rants on House floor

Updated: 2:06 p.m. ET, 10/17/2013

Washington (CNN) – Amid all the chaos of the last-minute deal in Washington, there was an unusual moment on the House floor moments after the bill passed.

A House stenographer and well-known employee calmly took to a microphone and began screaming.


"Do not be deceived. God shall not be mocked. A House divided cannot stand," she said, according to a House GOP aide. After a few seconds, she was escorted out by the Sergeant-at-Arms, but an audio recording by Todd Zwillich of Public Radio International captured the rest of her rant.

"He will not be mocked, He will not be mocked, (don't touch me) He will not be mocked. The greatest deception here, is that 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 Free Masons... and go against God. You cannot serve two masters. You cannot serve two masters. Praise be to God, Lord Jesus Christ."

House members and aides were surprised and unsettled by the scene.

"I don't know, she just snapped," said a GOP aide.

CNN's Dana Bash spoke with several staffers who knew the woman well.

"She’s a well-known person, she’s a perfectly nice person, a good colleague, somebody who’s respectable and dependable, and this is very surprising to everybody who works with her," Bash reported on air.

"The Sergeant in Arms didn’t try to stop her because she works there and that’s where she’s situated," Rep. Peter King, R-New York, told Jake Tapper. "And she actually went up behind the podium where the president speaks from. They thought she was going to hand something to the speaker, and then they realized."

Officer Shennell S. Antrobus of Capitol Police told CNN she wasn’t arrested or charged and was transported to a local area hospital by DC Fire for further evaluation.

In terms of an ongoing investigation or further action about the stenographer, Antrobus said no such action will be taken.

"There is nothing more, from our end, that we are going to do," Antrobus said.

–CNN’s Deirdre Walsh, Steve Brusk, Dan Merica and Conor Finnegan contributed to this report.


Filed under: Government Shutdown • House
soundoff (1,094 Responses)
  1. Vern Sawyer

    Er, she.

    October 17, 2013 09:26 am at 9:26 am |
  2. Bill

    Stressful time for all. Hope she's feeling better soon. But wow, how many of us would have loved to get a chance to yell at the House after this 2 week debacle.

    October 17, 2013 09:28 am at 9:28 am |
  3. svann

    bababooie!

    October 17, 2013 09:28 am at 9:28 am |
  4. kevinmshaffer

    Funny, if this was being said at a Tea Party rally everyone would have thought it perfectly normal. So why exactly were House members "surprised and unsettled by the scene" when this has become the norm in our country?

    October 17, 2013 09:29 am at 9:29 am |
  5. Charles

    I don't feel that this lady was ranting and she was right on point you can't serve two masters and a house divided will fall. People in the news and in Congress who are not true to serving the lord and Savior could not possibly understand what is was she was doing they feel as though she lost it, no she's a child of the Most High God and she was trying to let you people know that God reigns Supreme and that the needs acknowledge him whole heartedly..

    October 17, 2013 09:30 am at 9:30 am |
  6. EDDIE

    Well she's a republican.

    October 17, 2013 09:30 am at 9:30 am |
  7. BO

    Cuz she knows obama selling the usa down the river and we be like greece bankrupt and soon enough everyone will be out of a job .

    October 17, 2013 09:31 am at 9:31 am |
  8. kevinmshaffer

    Funny, if this had happened at a Tea Party rally no one would have thought twice about it and everyone would have been applauding. So why were House members "surprised and unsettled by the scene" when this has become the norm for how things work today? Once you start letting the crazies in, it spreads like a sickness until the whole system is poisoned and dysfunctional with no one showing any respect for the institution or each other.

    October 17, 2013 09:31 am at 9:31 am |
  9. peridot2

    This woman has had enough of the Congress's foolishness, too. I hope she'll be all right.

    October 17, 2013 09:31 am at 9:31 am |
  10. Chris

    Apparently, she's the only one in the whole damn building not afraid to stand up and speak her mind.

    October 17, 2013 09:32 am at 9:32 am |
  11. kipfmueller

    awesome

    October 17, 2013 09:32 am at 9:32 am |
  12. Sara

    Kudos to this lady! She had a venue and means to say what needed to be said and she did it for our Lord!

    October 17, 2013 09:32 am at 9:32 am |
  13. mike

    makes you wonder why someone so close to the inner workings of congress would say such things. A pox on both their houses Republicans and Democrats. The old saying is true follow the money.

    October 17, 2013 09:33 am at 9:33 am |
  14. Anonymous

    this Crap thats been going on on capital hill is enough to make any Sane person Crack–and all for Nothing!!!

    October 17, 2013 09:33 am at 9:33 am |
  15. peridot2

    She's right. Enough is enough.

    October 17, 2013 09:33 am at 9:33 am |
  16. Brian Smith

    Clinically insane people don't belong in positions of power.

    October 17, 2013 09:34 am at 9:34 am |
  17. ThaddeusMaximus

    Good for her!

    October 17, 2013 09:35 am at 9:35 am |
  18. Me

    Hurray for Jesus!

    October 17, 2013 09:35 am at 9:35 am |
  19. SactoNana

    They hauled her off within seconds, but allowed that buffoon Ted Cruz, to rail on for 21 hours, providing such "enlightening" dialogue, as passages from Dr. Seuss' "Green Eggs and Ham." I think we have our priorities screwed up when we say who may have control of the mic!

    October 17, 2013 09:35 am at 9:35 am |
  20. Namekyle

    Religion has no place in politics, at least not today. As for the freemasons comment that was probably the best out of her rant lol.

    October 17, 2013 09:35 am at 9:35 am |
  21. CommonSense

    Let's see ... it's 2013 and we have video technology with high resolution capabilities and virtually unlimited storage, audio technology with crisp sensitivity, voice recognition, and virtually unlimited storage, and auto indexing storage and retrieval capabilities. Please tell me again why we need a stenographer? And a crazy one at that?

    (Actually, I am surprised that they even recognized that she had snapped, since she was acting no differently than the rest of them.)

    Clean the House ...

    October 17, 2013 09:36 am at 9:36 am |
  22. Wendy

    " I dont know what happened, She just snapped I guess " Classic !! LOL.....Of course she " snapped " She has had to listen to all that bull crap for weeks....She was done !! And just because she spoke her mind they drug her off to a hospital for eval !! SMH

    October 17, 2013 09:36 am at 9:36 am |
  23. Richard

    God belief will do that to you.

    October 17, 2013 09:36 am at 9:36 am |
  24. Boo

    Seems this woman is more rational than the members of the House.

    October 17, 2013 09:37 am at 9:37 am |
  25. Name jk. Sfl. GOP CRUZ conservatives,the garbage of America.

    Most of these religious freeks need to get kicked out of goverment , read the constitution !!!!!

    October 17, 2013 09:37 am at 9:37 am |
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