Tenney on town halls: we want "a dialogue and not a shouting match"

BINGHAMTON, N.Y. (WIVT-TV) - Freshman Congresswoman Claudia Tenney has now been in office for almost 50 days.

The Republican told WIVT-TV in Binghamton that it has been an incredibly busy start to her tenure as a member of the House of Representatives.

Tenney says the GOP-led House has an aggressive agenda and plans to be in session 70 days more than usual.

She says she's most impressed by the stature and knowledge of her fellow representatives.

Tenney says that on Valentine's Day, the members of the freshman class, Democrats and Republican, to a pledge to treat each other well.

"We all took a commitment to civility. That when we agree and disagree on a number of issues, that we're always going to be respectful of each other. And to ensure that we always represent the great establishment of this government and the people that we represent.  So, it's really an extraordinary step by our class," said Tenney.

While Tenney is still working through federal bureaucracy to establish a district office in Binghamton, her staff has set up a temporary space on the SUNY Broome campus and she has had many meetings with constituents by phone or in D.C.

However, Tenney says she doesn't plan on holding town hall meetings because she says they would only be disrupted by paid protestors or people who have no interest in a dialogue.

Instead, she plans on doing Tele-Town Halls where constituents can call in.

"We're trying to reach the most people we can. In the safest and best way to communicate, so that we actually have a dialogue and not a shouting match," said Tenney.

Tenney also expressed her support for President Trump's executive order on refugees, citing her own work on behalf of refugees in the Utica-area.

She says the ban is meant to be only temporary, giving the government time to improve its vetting process.

You can see the entire interview with Congresswoman Tenney at this link.

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