Ryan Opting Out Of Public Town Hall Meetings

7/10/17 – House Speaker Paul Ryan says he’s using telephone town halls and face-to-face meetings at the congressional office in Janesville to interact with his constituents in “a civil way.”  The Wisconsin Republican was in Madison Friday.  He has taken some heat for not holding open-to-the-public town hall meetings, but he says invite-only town halls are more productive than what he calls “a screaming fest.”  Ryan says there is limited value in public meetings where disruptive protesters are bused in from outside his district.  He held two events in the district last week where only employees of the businesses he was visiting were allowed to pose questions.