Supercommittee member Rep. Fred Upton (R-Mich.) said Monday that the deficit-reduction panel has already gotten to work.

Upton told the Kalamazoo Gazette the committee members established that all ideas are on the table when it comes to crafting a $1.5 trillion deficit-reduction package that Congress expects to see by Nov. 23.

Upton also used a Democratic talking point, referring to needing to take "a balanced approach" to deficit reduction. Speaking at a packed seniors center in his home district of Kalamazoo, Mich., Upton indicated he would be looking at reforming the tax code rather than raising taxes as a way to raise revenues.

"I'm not afraid of looking at tax loopholes," Upton said. "I don't think raising taxes, particularly on businesses, is a way to create jobs."

The distinction will likely be an issue in the negotiations, as some conservatives see closing loopholes as a backdoor way to raise taxes. Upton said the "supercommittee" will also take into consideration the ideas proposed by previous deficit-reduction negotiators like the Gang of Six and the Simpson-Bowles panel.

The committee's work is in its preliminary stages, as the last of the 12 members were appointed last week. Upton, the chairman of the Ways and Means Committee, is one of three House Republicans appointed to the panel.

Congressional leaders had until Tuesday to appoint the committee members. Congress is currently on its August recess.