May 19 (UPI) -- Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell said Tuesday that the Senate will discuss the latest coronavirus relief bill -- passed by the House last week -- in a "couple weeks."
He told reporters of his plans after a Republican conference lunch with President Donald Trump.
"We need to assess what we've already done, take a look at what worked and what didn't work, and we'll discuss a way forward in the next couple weeks," McConnell said.
The fourth COVID-19 relief bill, as written by House Democrats, aims to funnel money to state and local governments to address issues that were not included in previous measures and increase funding for the U.S. Postal Service.
The House passed the $3 trillion Health and Economic Recovery Emergency Solutions Act on Friday with a vote of 208-199.
Republicans have balked at the package, deriding it as a partisan move filled with expenses unrelated to the coronavirus pandemic, a notion the White House repeated Thursday in its letter to the House of Representatives.
House Republican leader Kevin McCarthy of California took issue with the fact that the package provides another round of $1,200 stimulus checks for Americans and undocumented immigrants alike.
Trump promised to veto the legislation as written.
When it was unveiled, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi described the package as having three pillars to reopen the economy safely and quickly, to honor those fighting the coronavirus and to put money in the pockets of Americans suffering under strict lockdown measures put in place to prevent spread of the virus.
Since lockdown measures were put in place across the country, some 36 million Americans have filed for unemployment and there's been a 16.4 percent drop in retail sales.