Sen. Kirk: Supercommittee should start work Monday

The so-called supercommittee should start meeting Monday, Sen. Mark Kirk (R-Ill.) said.

“I think the joint commission should start meeting next Monday,” Kirk said Wednesday, according to NBC Chicago.

"Given the economy and the rollercoaster of a stock market in recent days, Congress should come back to Washington to restore the public’s confidence and to reassure the public that the U.S. will not go into another recession," Kirk continued.

Kirk's comments came a day before the last of the four congressional leaders (House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif.) announced her appointments for the supercommittee of legislators charged with coming up with $1.5 trillion in deficit reductions by Nov. 23. The 12-person joint bicameral committee was established as part of the legislation passed earlier this month to raise the debt ceiling by $2.1 trillion.

The top Republican and Democrat in both the House and Senate had been charged with choosing three members for the committee by Aug. 16.

Although as of Thursday all the committee members had been selected, the panel is unlikely to start meeting until Congress returns from its August recess.

Kirk's call is similar to those of a number of legislators who have been urging Congress to return from recess early to resume work on job creation and deficit reduction.