Donnelly's request came just days after the Senate approved S. 1619, which could lead to increased duties on dumped Chinese goods and require the U.S. to take tougher positions against China in various multilateral organizations. House Republicans have so far said they would not bring up that bill for a vote.

But Donnelly said ignoring the issue would only make it harder for the U.S. economy to create jobs again. He said 225 members of the House have co-sponsored a House bill, "more than enough" for House passage.

"I believe inaction on this issue is dangerous to our economic recovery, and continues to put at risk hundreds of thousands of additional American jobs," he said.

Later in the morning, Reps. Kathy Hochul (D-N.Y.) and David Price (D-N.C.) also called for the GOP to call up the bill.