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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 walk tightrope on Pompeo nomination Overnight Energy: Trump NASA pick advances after drama | White House office to investigate Pruitt's soundproof booth | 170 lawmakers call for Pruitt to resign Senate blocks bill that opponents say weakens water pollution rules MORE Jr. (Pa.) and Joe ManchinJoseph (Joe) ManchinHeitkamp becomes first Dem to back Pompeo for secretary of State Trump eyes Cold War statute to keep coal burning: report Trump checkmates Democrats in sending Pompeo to North Korea 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.