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Bill Nelson splits with White House on scope of contraception rule

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Senate Republicans touted Nelson's comments Thursday along with similar statements from Democratic Sens. Ben Nelson (Neb.), Bob CaseyRobert (Bob) Patrick CaseyDems hit stock buybacks in tax law fight Dem senator warns Mueller against issuing Russia report near 2018 election Dem praises gay US Olympian who feuded with Pence MORE Jr. (Pa.) and Joe ManchinJoseph (Joe) ManchinPavlich: The claim Trump let the mentally ill get guns is a lie Toomey to introduce bill broadening background checks for firearms Scott Walker backs West Virginia attorney general in GOP Senate primary MORE (W.Va.), and Independent Sen. Joe Lieberman.

Republicans in the House and Senate are working on bills to change the administration's policy, though it's not yet clear exactly what approach they'll take.

Democratic supporters of the birth control mandate pushed back against the criticism earlier Thursday, accusing GOP leaders of playing politics with a women's health issue.

"The majority is trying to shore up an ideological base by reigniting the culture wars," Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-Conn.) said at a press conference.