Washington (CNN) - Four conservative Democratic members of the House called on Congress Wednesday to address the country's fiscal challenges by returning to Washington, despite House Speaker John Boehner opposing the idea on a conference call with GOP members.
Representatives Jim Cooper of Tennessee, Mike McIntyre of North Carolina, Michael Michaud of Maine and Henry Cuellar of Texas sent a letter to Boehner and Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi urging them to end the August recess.
The four Democrats said the downgrade issued by Standard and Poor's is a sign the compromise reached by Congress and the White House, "did not do nearly enough."
"Our fiscal and jobs situation is dire and both deserve the full and immediate attention of Congress," the members wrote. "We ask you to reconvene the House immediately, and show the American people and the financial markets that Congress can solve these big problems in a bipartisan fashion."
Congress adjourned last week after reaching a deal to raise the debt ceiling, before S&P issued their ruling. The House and Senate are in "pro forma" session for only a few days during the month of August and both are not scheduled to return until after Labor Day.
Reps. Jack Kingston of Georgia and Charlie Rangel of New York made similar suggestions in recent days.
But Boehner, on a conference call Tuesday afternoon said the House passed its budget plans, and it is now up to the Senate to take action.
"I know some of you think we should be back here cutting more spending. But the truth is that the House has acted," Boehner said on the call according to a Republican participant. "We passed 'cut, cap, and balance.' We passed a budget. The house is not the obstacle here – the Senate is."
Boehner, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor and House Whip Kevin McCarthy said the representatives should spend the August recess talking to their constituents and emphasizing what they see are the solutions passed by the GOP majority in the House, the participant said.
"We need to try to listen and address their concerns and show that we have acted and have a handle on the situation," Cantor said on the call. "We have offered real solutions. Real solutions. People are worried about 401ks and their savings for the future, and we have to show some confidence that we will get things done."