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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."
Rep. Peter King, R-New York, told CNN’s Jake Tapper that moderate Republicans in Congress need speak out more in future fights over legislation and that his caucus can’t allow “30 to 35 Ted Cruz Republicans dominate the House.”
King also detailed a bizarre moment on the House floor during the vote to pass the bill to reopen the government and raise the debt ceiling.
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In the wake of a Senate-brokered compromise that would end the partial government shutdown that furloughed over 800,000 federal employees, Rep. Mick Mulvaney said the 16-day closure “was worth having the fight” over President Barack Obama’s signature health care law.
“We believe what we did is right,” Mulvaney told CNN’s Jake Tapper. “You have to believe that good policy is good politics. If not, you might as well go home.”
Mulvaney also said that he believes John Boehner’s job as Speaker of the House is safe, even after a failed Tuesday vote to pass a House measure that would both fund the government and delay the implementation of the individual mandate for a year. Rather than fault Boehner, the South Carolina Republican said his conservative colleagues deserve the blame for the proposal being scrapped.
“No one blames him for this,” Mulvaney said. “We could not get him the votes. That was our failure. This wasn’t the Speaker’s fault.”
Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-New York, told CNN’s Jake Tapper on Wednesday that the Senate-brokered compromise to reopen the government and delay the debt ceiling shows that conservative intransigence won’t be able to net concessions from President Barack Obama or Democratic leaders in Congress.
“Mainstream Republicans realize the politics of confrontation and reckless brinksmanship won’t work,” Schumer said.
Praising the president and leaders of his caucus, the third-ranking Democrat in the Senate said of Obama, Sen. Harry Reid, and others that “no one blinked at any one point” in the face of Republican demands to defund or delay the implementation of the Affordable Care Act