If you’re a constituent of Republican Rep. Paul Ryan and you’d like to ask him a question or give him some feedback during the August Congressional recess, it’ll cost you $15.
See, Rep. Ryan isn’t holding any face-to-face, open-to-the-public town hall meetings during the recess, but like several of his Republican colleagues in the House of Representatives Rep. Ryan will speak only for residents willing to open their wallets. According to spokesperson Kevin Seifert Rep. Ryan will host telephone town hall meetings but no free events in person during the recess.
You’ll remember Rep. Ryan had a less than enthusiastic reception from his constituents during a series of town hall meetings held after Ryan released his federal budget proposal, a proposal that would effectively replace the current Medicare system with a voucher/coupon program that would force seniors to haggle with health insurance companies to try and get whatever coverage they could. Given the outrage voiced by many of his constituents, it’s no surprise Rep. Ryan is eschewing any free public appearances that would require him to actually listen to the constituents he was elected to serve.
Personally, I think it’s shameful that Paul Ryan is abdicating his responsibility to listen to his constituents unless they’re willing to cough up some of their money in order to have their voices heard.