McCarthy says fourth stimulus bill might not be necessary

The top Republican in the House said Sunday that a fourth stimulus bill may not be necessary to help an economy wracked by the coronavirus pandemic. 

House Minority Leader Rep. Kevin McCarthyKevin Owen McCarthyChamber of Commerce's top political adviser ousted Sunday shows preview: Lawmakers prepare for SCOTUS confirmation hearings before election House to vote on resolution affirming peaceful transition of power MORE (R-Calif.) said on Fox News’s “Sunday Morning Futures” that the $2 trillion stimulus package passed last week is “critical” to make it through the “next two months and get this economy coming back.”

Host Maria BartiromoMaria Sara BartiromoBiden's team says he views election against Trump as 'Park Avenue vs. Scranton' Ex-NFL player running for House as Republican blasts Democrats as 'narcissists and sociopaths' Cruz says he wouldn't accept Supreme Court nomination MORE asked if the public can expect another stimulus package two months from now.

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“I'm not sure we need a fourth package,” McCarthy responded. “And before we go to start drafting a fourth package, I'd like these three packages we just put out … to take care and get this economy moving.”

The Republican House leader also said he worried that Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiTrump signs bill averting shutdown after brief funding lapse On The Money: 'One more serious try' on COVID relief yields progress but no deal | Trump tax bombshell shines light on IRS enforcement | Senate passes bill to avert shutdown hours before deadline 'One more serious try' on COVID-19 relief yields progress but no deal MORE (D-Calif.) would use a fourth package to alter the election law, provide support for sanctuary cities and fund a Green New Deal and Planned Parenthood.

“Those are the things why this bill was held up for a week, but those are the things that we stopped,” he said. 

He also told Baritromo that the current lockdowns and stay-at-home orders are "necessary."

Republicans railed against Democratic lawmakers, saying they delayed the latest stimulus package, while Democrats have condemned it as a corporate giveaway that left out important issues like paid leave and worker-safety protections.