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

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthyKevin Owen McCarthyRocky Mountain National Park closed due to expanding Colorado wildfire Trump is out of touch with Republican voters on climate change The Hill's Morning Report - Sponsored by Goldman Sachs - Iran, Russia election bombshell; final Prez debate tonight 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.

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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: Following debate, Biden hammers Trump on coronavirus | Study: Universal mask-wearing could save 130,000 lives | Finger-pointing picks up in COVID-19 relief fight On The Money: Finger-pointing picks up in COVID-19 relief fight | Landlords, housing industry sue CDC to overturn eviction ban Finger-pointing picks up in COVID-19 relief fight 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 McConnellOvernight Health Care: Following debate, Biden hammers Trump on coronavirus | Study: Universal mask-wearing could save 130,000 lives | Finger-pointing picks up in COVID-19 relief fight On The Money: Finger-pointing picks up in COVID-19 relief fight | Landlords, housing industry sue CDC to overturn eviction ban Finger-pointing picks up in COVID-19 relief fight MORE (R-Ky.) and Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerChuck SchumerTrump announces opening of relations between Sudan and Israel Five takeaways on Iran, Russia election interference Pelosi calls Iran 'bad actor' but not equivalent to Russia on election interference 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.