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 CaseyBob CaseyGOP loses top Senate contenders How many GOP senators will stand up to megadonor DeVos? Just 2. Cruz: Supreme Court 'likely' to uphold Trump order MORE Jr. (Pa.) and Joe ManchinJoe ManchinPruitt confirmation sets stage for Trump EPA assault Pruitt sworn in as EPA chief EPA breaks Twitter silence to congratulate new head 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.