The Latest from PolitiFact Virginia Wednesday, July 23rd, 2014

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Obamacare "already has caused millions of hardworking Virginians to lose their health insurance."

Says 70 percent of Virginia’s Medicaid cost is for seniors in nursing homes.

"There are more than 46 million Americans living in poverty today -- the largest number in 54 years."

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office "received zero complaints" about the Washington Redskins name.

Says Mark Warner has supported Harry Reid "down the line."

Promise: Reform Standards of Learning tests

Update: Work is underway

On a balanced budget amendment.

The "9-0 decision last week was the 13th time the Supreme Court voted 9-0 that the president had exceeded his constitutional authority."

After Massachusetts passed a mandatory health insurance law "their mortality rate went down...it saved lives."

Mark Warner’s "record is one of acting against" the Keystone XL pipeline.

Promise: Insist budgets include Medicaid expansion

Update: Will sign budget with no Medicaid expansion

The decision to cancel the trademark of the Washington Redskins "is not the Patent and Trademark Office. This is Barack Obama."

"There are 278 Republicans in Congress. (With Eric Cantor's defeat), they are now all Christian and all white except for one black senator, who was appointed."

Says Eric Cantor "was the co-author of the House GOP principles on immigration reform. Both the 'New York Times' and the 'Washington Post' said that that captured the essence of what was in the Senate immigration bill."

Sens. Mark Warner and Tim Kaine voted "to let the U.N. take OUR guns."

"Cantor's campaign spent more at steakhouses than Brat spent on his entire campaign."

"Right now, America has $1.1 trillion of student debt. That’s more than credit card debt."

The Chamber of Commerce says new carbon regulations will kill "244,000 jobs a year" and cost average families "$1,200 a year."  

U.S. Reps. Eric Cantor and Luis Gutierrez were "touring the country last year … joined at the hip, working together in a bipartisan fashion indeed for the goal of immigration reform."

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