House Republicans from Louisiana on Friday urged Senate Majority Leader Harry ReidHarry ReidCabinet picks boost 2018 Dems Franken emerges as liberal force in hearings GOP eyes new push to break up California court MORE (D-Nev.) to call back his members and pass a bill to address the border crisis.
The letter to Reid was initiated by House Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) and the other four House Republican members of the Louisiana congressional delegation: Reps. Bill Cassidy, Charles BoustanyCharles BoustanyIll. rep named new chairman for House tax-policy subcommittee Clay Higgins wins La. House seat Louisiana dishes last serving of political gumbo MORE, John FlemingJohn FlemingCoast Guard suspends search for missing Ohio plane Freedom Caucus member to bring up bill on impeaching IRS chief GOP seeks to make it 52 MORE and Vance McAllister. Cassidy is in a competitive race to unseat Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-La.).
Last Friday, the House passed a bill that would provide $694 million to deploy the National Guard, hire new immigration judges and amend a 2008 trafficking law so that child migrants from Central America can be sent back faster. Meanwhile, the $2.7 billion Senate bill stalled last week after it failed to clear a 60-vote procedural threshold.
The Louisiana Republicans argued the Senate should cancel its August recess and at least pass legislation to address the surge of child migrants crossing the border.
"It is disappointing that the Senate has chosen to adjourn for the next five weeks without passing a bill to address this crisis," they wrote. "This problem will not go away on its own."