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October 18th, 2013
05:54 PM ET

'Holy Spirit' inspired stenographer's outburst on House floor

It was a surreal moment Wednesday night, when stenographer Dianne Reidy had her outburst on the floor of the House of Representatives.

She rushed the dais and started shouting, as members were finishing voting on the bill to reopen the government, and avoid bumping up against the debt ceiling.

No one knew why this, in the words of her husband, "sweet," "level-headed" woman was suddenly scolding Congress, screaming that "a house divided will not stand."

Now Reidy is saying God made her do it. In a statement to Fox News, she said, "For the past two and a half weeks... The Holy Spirit has been waking me up in the middle of the night and preparing me... through my reluctance and doubt... to deliver a message in the House chamber. That is what I did last night."

In her rant to members of the floor, Reidy said "a House divided will not stand," and after 16 days of a partial government shutdown, Congress can probably be best described as "limping."

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