Female protester interrupts House shutdown vote

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A protester got onto the House floor in the middle of the key vote to end the government shutdown Wednesday night, and even managed to get to the clerk’s rostrum.

A congressional aide said the woman was one of the stenographers who normally sits on the chamber floor taking down the proceedings. She got to the rostrum where the president speaks during his State of the Union addresses.

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Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, who was presiding at the time, kept banging her gavel and demanding order in the chamber as security officers came and grabbed the woman.

Since a vote was going on, the microphones were off and she couldn’t be heard inside the chamber, so it was unclear what she was protesting.

The vote continued after order was restored.

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