Republican senators raise pressure on Obama to withdraw birth-control mandate

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Sen. Marco RubioMarco RubioMany Republicans uninterested in being Trump’s VP: report Five ways Trump will attack Clinton Rubio: Trump has 'improved significantly' MORE (R-Fla.) also urged the president to reconsider.

"The solution is for the president to just come back and say, 'you know what, maybe we overreached, maybe we went too far; we've heard from a lot of people and we're going to reconsider this decision,' " Rubio said. "There's nothing wrong with that. We have plenty of other issues to argue with this president about."

Sen. Mike EnziMike EnziGOP blocks slate of Obama judicial nominees Overnight Finance: New rules proposed to curb Wall Street pay GOP senator tries to tie 'No budget, no pay' to funding bill MORE (R-Wyo.), the top Republican on the Senate HELP Committee, for his part raised procedural concerns. In a letter to HHS Secretary Kathleen SebeliusKathleen SebeliusThe chaotic fight for ObamaCare California exchange CEO: Insurers ‘throwing ObamaCare under the bus’ Sebelius: 'Repugnant' for states to reject Medicaid expansion MORE, he raised concerns that the administration provided "no legal or policy basis" for its decision to give religiously affiliated plans an extra year to comply with the mandate.

Also Wednesday, Sen. John CornynJohn CornynFirst US Zika death reported in Puerto Rico Senate confirms Obama's long-stalled ambassador to Mexico Overnight Healthcare: Medicare fight looms on Capitol Hill MORE (R-Texas) sent Obama a pointed letter urging him to drop the regulations.

"The First Amendment provides that no law may prohibit the free exercise of religion. Yet, the current mandate does exactly that," Cornyn wrote. "It is unprecedented in its overreach into the religious freedom of faith-based organizations. Furthermore, this encroachment into the ability of individuals and entities to make personal decisions based on these beliefs sets an unacceptable and dangerous precedent."

Sen. Chuck GrassleyChuck GrassleyOvernight Defense: House panel approves 0B defense bill Carter pledges probe of sex assault testimony Grassley: Carter emails contained 'sensitive' information MORE (R-Iowa) sent a similar letter to Sebelius on Tuesday.