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

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Sen. Marco RubioMarco RubioDHS extends protected status for Haitians for six months Congress should let local communities set their own PACE Rubio: ‘People got what they voted for’ 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 EnziConservative groups want debt limit, spending fights separate GOP senators must keep their promises to repeal ObamaCare Collins on all-male healthcare working group: 'The leaders obviously chose the people they want' 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 SebeliusSebelius on GOP healthcare plan: 'I'm not sure what the goal is here' Obama's health secretary to be first female president of American University Leaked email: Podesta pushed Tom Steyer for Obama’s Cabinet 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 CornynKey Senate Republican offers dim outlook for Trump budget Overnight Cybersecurity: Flynn refuses to comply with Senate subpoena | Chaffetz postpones hearing with Comey | Small biz cyber bill would cost M | New worm spotted after 'Wanna Cry' Trump budget to call for 0 billion in Medicaid cuts 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 GrassleyGOP talks of narrowing ‘blue-slip’ rule for judges Grassley: Don't expect anti-Trump leaks to stop after special counsel appointed GOP senator wouldn’t be ‘surprised’ if Comey forced to cancel testimony MORE (R-Iowa) sent a similar letter to Sebelius on Tuesday.