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 CaseySanders to oppose Gorsuch's nomination Senate Dem facing 2018 reelection to oppose Gorsuch RNC drops six-figure ad buy for Supreme Court, healthcare fight MORE Jr. (Pa.) and Joe ManchinJoe ManchinSenate confirms Trump's pick for Israel ambassador Senate Dems: We won't help pass additional health bills RNC drops six-figure ad buy for Supreme Court, healthcare fight 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.