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Border crisis bill picks up steam

A Tea Party lawmaker says his bill to deal with the border crisis is attracting a slew of Republican support.

Shortly before heading down to Central America on Friday, Rep. Matt Salmon (R-Ariz.) spoke with The Hill about his legislation, the "Expedited Family Reunification Act," that would alter a 2008 human trafficking law that has played a major role in the ongoing migrant surge along the U.S. southern border. 

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Salmon noted that he introduced the bill on Thursday, and was able to gather a number of co-sponsors during floor votes on Friday morning. 

The Arizona Republican joined fellow GOP lawmakers on the Border State Working Group — appointed by House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) in late June — on a quick visit to several countries in Central America.