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 CaseyAction by Congress is needed to help victims of domestic violence Poll: Casey holds double-digit lead over Barletta in Pa. Senate race Ivanka Trump to press Senate on vocational training bill MORE Jr. (Pa.) and Joe ManchinJoseph (Joe) ManchinManchin touts support for Trump border wall in new ad Dems seek to leverage ObamaCare fight for midterms White House was in talks with Manchin to lead Veterans Affairs: report 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.