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Paul Ryan: Looking for 'New,' 'Creative' Alternatives to Town Hall Meetings

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By    |   Friday, 07 Jul 2017 06:10 PM

House Speaker Paul Ryan said he was looking for "new and creative ways" to interact with constituents following his decision not to hold open town hall meetings, since many of those who attend were looking to disrupt the event.

"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 told a Boy Scout event in his home district in Wisconsin, The Hill reported Friday.

Instead, Ryan said he was using new methods to interact with his constituents.

"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," he said.

Ryan held a town hall-style meeting in his home district on Thursday that included around 25 employees of a manufacturer in Oak Creek, Wis. The public was not allowed in the event, and the Speaker answered questions that had been prepared.

Ryan explained people "clam up" when the media was in attendance, but that when he does "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."

Republicans faced angry protests at town hall meetings earlier this year when the House was working on passing new healthcare legislation. Ryan, who will face reelection in 2018, has not said whether the decision to halt open town hall meetings would be permanent.

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House Speaker Paul Ryan said he was looking for "new and creative ways" to interact with constituents following his decision not to hold open town hall meetings, since many of those who attend were looking to disrupt the event.
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