Mark Kirk Says Obama Should Recall Congress To Ease Economic Fears (VIDEO)

08/12/2011 09:58 am ET | Updated Oct 11, 2011

Illinois Senator Mark Kirk on Wednesday criticized President Obama for not telling Congress to return to Washington to address the nation's debt problems. Instead, Kirk pointed out, Obama is currently on a family vacation to Martha's Vineyard.

"The president should recall the congress," Kirk said Wednesday in comments reported by NBC Chicago. "We see tremendous anxiety with the potential of the U.S. to go into recession and one of the greatest way to restore confidence is, not to have a speech and not to lay out a set of vague principles, but to see the elected representatives of the American people working on entitlement reforms right away."

(Scroll down to watch footage from Kirk's Wednesday comments.)

As the Daily Herald reported, Kirk would like to see the Congress back in action as soon as next Monday and noted, “If the president’s checked out, we have to step up."

In response to the criticism over the president's vacationing during a time when the Dow Jones saw one of its largest drops in history, Obama press secretary Jay Carney defended the nation's commander-in-chief and added that he would be traveling with his staff and receiving regular briefings, according to the Daily Herald.

The Congress is currently on recess until after Labor Day, when a special Joint Commission will begin its work locating $1.5 trillion in spending cuts by Thanksgiving, in addition to $2.4 trillion more in cuts over the decade to follow, as WJBC reports.

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