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

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Sen. Marco RubioMarco Antonio RubioOvernight Cybersecurity: What we learned from Carter Page's House Intel testimony | House to mark up foreign intel reform law | FBI can't access Texas shooter's phone | Sessions to testify at hearing amid Russia scrutiny Cornyn: Senate GOP tax plan to be released Thursday This week: GOP seeks to advance tax overhaul 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 EnziMichael (Mike) Bradley EnziGOP senators ask Trump for meeting on biofuels mandate Senate budget just the latest attack on seniors Week ahead: GOP's next steps on tax reform | Fed chief speculation heats up | Senate to vote on disaster relief 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 SebeliusJohn Roberts has tough job of keeping faith in Supreme Court Price was a disaster for HHS — Time for an administrator, not an ideologue Trump says he's unhappy with Price 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 CornynAfter Texas shooting, lawmakers question whether military has systemic reporting problem Overnight Defense: Lawmakers question military's lapse after Texas shooting | Trump asks North Korea to 'make a deal' | Senate panel approves Army pick Overnight Regulation: House passes bill to overturn joint-employer rule | Trump officials to allow work requirements for Medicaid | Lawmakers 'alarmed' by EPA's science board changes 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 GrassleyCharles (Chuck) Ernest GrassleySenators push mandatory sexual harassment training for members, staff Senate panel to hold hearing on bump stocks, background checks Senate panel to hold hearing on bump stocks MORE (R-Iowa) sent a similar letter to Sebelius on Tuesday.