Hudson Valley Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney calling on Washington to get back to work. 

The Democrat is focusing on Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to call the Senate back from the August recess to pass the Bipartisan Background Checks Act and the Enhanced Background Checks Act after last weekend's deadly mass shootings in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio. 

Maloney sent a letter to McConnell Thursday, that says in part: “This inaction must stop. We know background checks save lives. Every day background checks stop more than 170 felons and 50 domestic abusers from getting a gun."

Both bills were passed in the House of Representatives in February but have since been blocked in the Senate. McConnell issued a statement earlier this week that made no mention of these bills, but encouraged "bipartisan discussions of potential solutions to help protect our communities without infringing on Americans' constitutional rights."