House Speaker Paul Ryan wants to hold "office hours" to meet with constituents instead of town halls in order to avoid out-of-town protesters coming in and disrupting the meetings, Business Insider reported.
"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.
He continued to explain how he is communicating with constituents instead. "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," he said.
Ryan has also been holding employee town halls for Wisconsin businesses, the Capital Times reported. He has already held several of these, meeting with companies like WPC Technologies and Burlington Graphic Systems. These events are limited to employees of the companies.
"If you want to come do office hours, they schedule office hours because I don't want to have a situation where we just have a screaming fest, a shouting fest where people are being bussed in from out of the district to get on TV because they are yelling at somebody," Ryan said.