McConnell: Pelosi wants to ‘jam’ Senate with fourth COVID-19 relief bill

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Ky., walks to the Senate floor on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, March 19, 2020. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

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UPDATED 6:49 AM PT — Thursday, April 2, 2020

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has urged House Speaker Nancy Pelosi not to propose another coronavirus relief bill.

In a recent interview, the Kentucky lawmaker said, “she needs to stand down.” He also suggested Pelosi is attempting to take advantage of the crisis to push a progressive Democrat agenda.

As of now, Republican leaders have said they remain uncertain about a potential fourth bill. They have insisted that lawmakers need to asses the impact of the third bill first.

Meanwhile, Democrats appear to be pushing to include numerous “green infrastructure” provisions in a possible fourth coronavirus package. Investments in high speed rail, shifting the national highway system toward electrification and provisions to reduce the carbon footprint have all been proposed.

Congressional Republicans have criticized the Democrats’ plan by saying they are not necessary to help curb the spread of the coronavirus. Lawmakers are on a recess until at least April 20.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of Calif., walks to her office after signing the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act after it passed in the House on Capitol Hill, Friday, March 27, 2020, in Washington. The $2.2 trillion package will head to head to President Donald Trump for his signature. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

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