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Stenographer pulled from House floor after shouting during vote

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A House stenographer was physically pulled off the chamber floor after she started shouting during a Wednesday night vote.

Minutes before House members passed a bill to end a 16-day government shutdown and raise the nation's debt limit, the woman began shouting before she was grabbed by security officials and quickly taken off the floor. As authorities whisked her through the Speaker's Lobby, where reporters had gathered to watch the vote, she shouted, "God bless America."

As security personnel held her in an adjacent hallway, she shouted, "He will not be mocked," and, "Praise be to God."

She also shouted, "This is not one nation under God, it never was. Had it been ... the Constitution would not have been written by Freemasons; they go against God."

She also yelled at security personnel to "get your hands off me" before taking her away in an elevator.

Rep. Louie Gohmert, R-Texas, ran to the hallway in an attempt to calm the woman down. House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer, D-Md., also ran out to help.

Rep. Joaquin Castro, D-Texas, who was on the floor during the disturbance, said he recognized the woman as a regular staff stenographer, but didn't know her name.

"I had passed her obviously all the time on the House floor, and she smiled a few times, she seemed nice, and according to other members who have been around longer, she seemed nice," he told reporters after the vote.

Castro said the woman was standing near the chamber's central podium, but that the microphone wasn't on and he couldn't hear was she was shouting.

The lawmaker added she "had a crazed look."

"It was very disturbing for the members of Congress," he said.

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