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Senator Ernst holds town hall in Washington County

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Senator Joni Ernst was in eastern Iowa today, listening to the issues that are most important to Iowans. 

As part of her 99 county tour, Ernst arrived at the Washington High School Auditorium and immediately began taking questions from the crowd. 

Ernst answered questions for the entire hour. 

Around 100 people gathered in Washington County, where multiple concerns were voiced relating to health care, high perscription cost and the affordable care act. 

"We know it's not working, it's not working for everyone and we may disagree on that but when people can't afford their insurance we've got to find a way to stabilize that market," said Ernst.

The senator was passionately questioned about her support of defunding Planned Parenthood. 

"I will stand by my decision, I am pro life," said Ernst. 

KWWL caught up with Ernst afterwards regarding the violence in Virginia.

"Hatred and violence and racism is never okay."

In response to President Trumps' reaction following the violence, Ernst said he was "Slow, slow, too slow."

"We need to make sure that we are expressing how horrible the situation it is when it occurs," said Ernst. "We don't want to encourage any additional types of violence."

And among all the division, when Ernst was asked about her bipartisan efforts in Washington, she named a number of bills including military sexual assault bills and a VA scheduling bill, adding that there is a lot of progress when everyone works together. 

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