Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-N.Y.) on Thursday said that the search for the missing Nigerian schoolgirls should be as intense as the effort to find the missing Malaysia Airlines flight.

"I hope the world will respond to this horrendous human tragedy with the same sense of urgency and compassion and the same level of assistance that was offered in the search for the missing Malaysian aircraft," Maloney said on the House floor.

Boko Haram, which opposes providing women with education, has threatened to sell the teenage girls into slavery and forced marriages. The kidnapped Nigerian girls have been missing for more than three weeks.

"Decisive and swift action is needed to bring these young girls home and to prevent future mass kidnappings," Maloney said.

Maloney also urged for sanctions against Boko Haram, the extremist group that kidnapped the nearly 300 Nigerian schoolgirls.

"We as a Congress should support sanctions against Boko Haram," Maloney said.

A multinational search has still not located the lost Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 that disappeared on March 8.