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House Speaker Ryan Will Not Have Any More Town Hall Meetings

(The Hill) House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) said on Friday he will not hold public town halls due to concerns over potential protestors coming in from outside districts.

House Speaker Ryan Will Not Have Any More Town Hall Meetings

“Aside from the obvious security concerns, what we have found is there are people who are trying to come in from out of the district to disrupt town hall meetings and not have a civil discussion, so what I have been doing is looking for new and creative ways to interact with my constituents in a civil way,” Ryan said, speaking at a Boy Scouts event in Wisconsin.

“That’s why I have done a number of telephone town hall meetings, which I find very effective as people don’t have to travel. I do office hours. I just did them this morning in Janesville. In addition, I am doing a lot of business ones,” the Speaker said.

Ryan held a town hall-style meeting in his home district on Thursday, though the public was not allowed in. The Speaker took a tour of a manufacturer in Oak Creek, Wis., before meeting with roughly 25 employees and answering their prepared questions.

“I find when you guys are there, people kind of clam up. They get a little nervous, but when you do business town halls without media it is very interactive, so I am finding a lot of different ways to have a good civil dialogue with constituents,” he continued…

Ryan and his Republican colleagues in the House, who faced heat from constituents earlier this year during negotiations over the lower chamber’s healthcare reform bill, have struggled with how to handle raucous town halls, many of which go viral…

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