Protesters pack Sen. Joni Ernst event

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MAQUOKETA, Iowa (KCRG-TV9) - Hundreds of people, many of them protesters, packed the Maquoketa City Council Chambers Tuesday for a public event for veterans with Iowa Sen. Joni Ernst.

Most of the protests centered around Republican-led efforts to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare. Ernst has supported those efforts in the past.

KCRG-TV9 was only able to stand just outside the room for the event as so many people packed the room. Many of them shouted and chanted during the event.

Some veterans in attendance were annoyed with the protests.

Republicans from Congress have encountered hostile crowds during public events across the country since efforts started to repeal the ACA. President Donald Trump has pushed for a quick repeal of the law, but many have questioned whether Republicans have a plan to replace it. Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) has said Republicans have a plan and will roll it out soon but has declined to outline specifics.