Rep. Ellison's mom tells him to join sit-in
© Anne Wernikoff

Rep. Keith Ellison's mom on Wednesday told the Minnesota Democrat to join his colleagues in the sit-in on the House floor to push for action on gun control legislation.

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The representative's mom reportedly called Ellison's office and passed along the message.

"Your mom called and wants you on the floor!" said a note given to Ellison.

Ellison, the first Muslim member of Congress, tweeted that he was joining the House sit-in "against Gun violence & Majority's unwillingness to protect Americans from slaughter."

Dozens of Democrats were taking part in the sit-in, which began Wednesday morning.

Democrats have been pushing for action on gun control before the House leaves at the end of the week for a planned recess.