House Majority Leader 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.
"I don't want to have a situation where we just have a screaming fest, a shouting fest, where people are being bused in from out of the district to get on TV because they're yelling at somebody", Ryan told reporters in Madison on Friday. "What I want to do is have a civil, good, quiet conversation with constituents".
House Speaker Paul RyanPaul RyanGOP chairman proposes new sanctions on Russian Federation for violating arms treaty Ryan says he won't do public town halls citing concerns over possible protests Dem endorses ironworker in battle to face Paul Ryan MORE (R-Wis.) said on Friday he will not hold public town halls due to concerns over potential protestors coming in from outside districts.
Ryan has held several of those employee town halls in the 1st Congressional District over the last week, visiting places like WPC Technologies in Oak Creek and Burlington Graphic Systems in Racine.
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The House has passed a bill to repeal the current federal health care law but the Senate has yet to act. "In addition, I am doing a lot of business ones", the Speaker said.
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".
"Ryan's only town hall this year was on CNN, prompting his hometown paper to urge him to do in-district town hall meetings", said Democratic Party of Wisconsin spokesman Brandon Weathersby.
Ryan said constituents who want to meet with him can set up an appointment when he holds office hours. A group of protesters with signs mostly related to health care stood at the entrance to the hotel where he spoke.
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