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

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Sen. Marco RubioMarco RubioRubio apologized to Trump for 'small hands' crack Sunday shows preview: Bernie soldiers on Fla. Senate candidate bashes Rubio 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 SebeliusFighting for assisted living facilities The chaotic fight for ObamaCare California exchange CEO: Insurers ‘throwing ObamaCare under the bus’ 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 CornynClinton email headache is about to get worse Overnight Tech: House GOP launches probe into phone, internet subsidies Senators hope for deal soon on mental health bill 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 GrassleySenate fight brews over Afghan visas Clinton email headache is about to get worse Ten senators ask FCC to delay box plan MORE (R-Iowa) sent a similar letter to Sebelius on Tuesday.