Ryan holding town hall event later this month

Keren Carrion

Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) later this month will hold a town hall meeting organized by CNN.

The town hall, scheduled for Aug. 21 in Racine, Wis., will be hosted by CNN’s Jake Tapper. It is the first town hall the Speaker will take part in that is open to the public in nearly two years, The Associated Press reported.

CNN is responsible for the attendance at the event, according to the AP.

The network will have attendees from Ryan’s district in Wisconsin.

According to the AP, Ryan last held a public town hall in October 2015.

{mosads}Last month, Ryan said he would not hold public town halls due to concerns over potential protesters coming in from outside districts.

“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 last month.

“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.”

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