Rep. Charles Rangel (D-N.Y.) said Tuesday that President Obama should call Congress back from recess to boost confidence in the economy.

“Even if we didn’t do something, the president should call us back,” Rangel said on MSNBC, arguing that Congress should prove it is working on the economy even if nothing is accomplished immediately. “People want to believe. We have given them no reason to believe. That’s the reason our credit went down, and not because everyone doesn’t know that we will pay all of our debts.”

Rangel said he would have the president “try to bring us together to help ourselves, because through that, we are helping our country.”

Rangel’s call puts him in surprising company, echoing a similar call from the other side of the aisle. Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) said Monday night on Fox News that Obama should call members of Congress to return and “get this AAA credit rating back.”

The credit-rating firm Standard & Poor’s on Friday reduced the nation’s rating from AAA to AA+.

Rangel said the country is “hitting rock bottom” on confidence, and Obama bringing Congress back together would show that “the integrity of our country is far more important” than reelections.

Most members of Congress are using their time off back in their districts to campaign and hold meetings with constituents.

“When you lose confidence, you can’t buy it, you can’t elect it,” Rangel said. “It has nothing to do with the budget. It has everything to do with our integrity.”

The White House does not appear eager to invoke presidential powers by demanding that Congress return to session, with White House press secretary Jay Carney sidestepping questions on the topic at his Monday press briefing.

Watch Rangel below.

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