House Republicans from Louisiana on Friday urged Senate Majority Leader Harry ReidHarry ReidHispanic Caucus PAC looks to flex its muscles in 2016 Say NO to PROMESA, say NO to Washington overreach Overnight Finance: Wall Street awaits Brexit result | Clinton touts biz support | New threat to Puerto Rico bill? | Dodd, Frank hit back 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 BoustanyBoeing tells lawmakers sale of planes to Iran well-known part of nuclear agreement The Trail 2016: Post-Orlando maneuvers Senate campaign posts private conversation on Facebook MORE, John FlemingJohn FlemingHHS chief meets with House Republicans on abortion dispute Admin. rejects complaint that California broke abortion law The Hill's 12:30 Report 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."