TN: House caucus chairman defends closed-door meetings, discusses future

House Republican Caucus Chairman Ryan Williams defended a recent decision to hold a closed-door caucus meeting while outlining the procedure that could be used in the future, in a Wednesday meeting with members of the Capitol Hill press corps.

Defending last week's decision, Williams, R-Cookeville, said he has every intention of giving the press every opportunity to be in the meetings but added, "I do believe there is a time and a place where we have to have the ability to communicate personally with one another."

The move by the House GOP for a closed-door discussion was a departure from the past and is out of step with the Senate, which has historically held open meetings.