House GOP leader pumps brakes on follow-up to coronavirus relief package

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthyKevin McCarthyHouse Republicans deliver a commonsense climate plan The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - After historic verdict, Chauvin led away in handcuffs Waters on Chauvin guilty verdict: 'I'm not celebrating, I'm relieved' MORE (R-Calif.) is throwing cold water on talk of moving forward with another coronavirus stimulus bill after the House passes a $2 trillion rescue package on Friday.

McCarthy told reporters Thursday that Congress should allow time for the existing three measures to play out before moving forward with more legislation to tackle the pandemic.

His comments come as the House prepares to take up the Senate-passed $2 trillion economic relief bill, which leaders are looking to pass by voice vote.


While critics of the bipartisan bill, like New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D), argue the historic legislation doesn’t go far enough to mitigate the financial fallout from the outbreak, McCarthy argued it’s too early to cast judgment on that measure and the two that preceded it.

“I wouldn't be so quick to say you have to write something else. Let's let this bill work, just as long as we let the other two bills work as well. And whatever decision we have to make going forward, let's do it with knowledge, let's do it with the experience of what's on the ground at that moment in time,” he told reporters.

McCarthy noted the earlier legislation passed by Congress in response to the pandemic is just now starting to come into effect.

“Those are just now being implemented. Now you have more than $2 trillion going into the economy to the areas that we know are needed, and you're sitting here talking about needing another bill," he added. "If something is needed in the future, let's make that decision. But let's not make that decision without allowing these bills to be put into the economy.”

The GOP leader’s stance on whether a phase four relief package is needed contrasts with Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiOvernight Health Care: Biden: US to hit 200M vaccine target on Wednesday | House Dems to unveil drug pricing measure ahead of Biden package | FDA finds multiple failures at J&J plant House Dems to unveil drug pricing measure ahead of Biden package House Democrats eye passing DC statehood bill for second time MORE’s (D-Calif.) position. The California Democrat told reporters on Thursday she expects the House to take the lead on constructing a fourth measure.

Pelosi said the “big four” — Pelosi, McCarthy, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellWhen it comes to Georgia's voting law, keep politics out of business Pelosi to offer even split on 9/11-style commission to probe Capitol riot Senate GOP crafts outlines for infrastructure counter proposal MORE (R-Ky.) and Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerChuck SchumerOn The Money: Yellen touts 'whole-of-economy' plan to fight climate change | Senate GOP adopts symbolic earmark ban, digs in on debt limit Hillicon Valley: Tech companies duke it out at Senate hearing | Seven House Republicans vow to reject donations from Big Tech Lawmakers reintroduce bill to invest billions to compete with China in tech MORE (D-N.Y.) — should work to address worker protections, paid leave, food stamps, additional grants to the states and free medical treatment related to the coronavirus.

McConnell on Wednesday said the “Senate is going to stay nimble” in the event that additional legislative action is needed.