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Mark Pocan to Talk Health Care in Paul Ryan’s District

House Democrats up the ante by heading to speaker’s home turf

Wisconsin Rep. Mark Pocan has accepted an invitation to attend a town hall in Kenosha on Friday despite it being in a neighboring congressional district represented by Speaker Paul D. Ryan.  

Pocan became the latest Democratic member of Congress to show up in a Republican district in recent days — mostly to hear from constituents about the health care bill the House passed last week. Many Republicans, meanwhile, have largely stayed out of public view during the current recess.

On Friday, Pocan will speak to the Forward Kenosha group, which said it also invited Ryan, but whom declined. 

Ryan’s office did not respond to requests to confirm he was asked to attend the event but ultimately would not.

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In an email blast, the Progressive Change Campaign Committee said it would be increasing an ad buy against Ryan, who is in his 10th term representing the 1st congressional district that represents the southeast part of Wisconsin.

With Ryan at the helm, House Republicans narrowly passed a bill last week that aims to repeal and replace parts of 2010 health care law with no support from any Democrats.

“I’d be glad to talk about how bad the bill is,” Pocan said. “I’m more than glad to go down there.”

Pocan said he would be in familiar territory — the Friday town hall would be held in the town he was born and raised.

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