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July 22, 2014

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Congresswoman answers questions in BC

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Cassie Tomlin

From left, Dan Giraldo, district director for Rep. Dina Titus, Jim Douglass, Titus and Janet Douglass talk during Titus’ Congress on the Corner event Saturday at Albertsons.

In her second visit to Boulder City as a new congresswoman, Rep. Dina Titus, D-Nev., heard concerns both local and national.

For three hours Saturday, Titus greeted shoppers at Albertsons, who mostly asked about the stimulus housing bill and the proposed Boulder City Bypass.

It was Titus' second "Congress on the Corner," in the Las Vegas Valley, a series of grocery store visits she plans to continue monthly when she's in town.

Last month she set up in Henderson, and she plans to stop in Mesquite and Laughlin, far-reaching parts of the state's District 3.

"I want people to know I'm an advocate," she said. "I don't want to be somebody inside the beltway."

Titus' office is at 8215 S. Eastern Ave., Suite 205, near Interstate 215, an easily accessible location, she said.

As a member of the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, Titus said, she supports the bypass around Boulder City, but also is open to looking at alternatives.

Local leaders have for years pushed for a southern route around town to divert traffic off U.S. 93. They're concerned the main drag will be far less safe and far more congested once the Hoover Dam bypass bridge opens late next year, again allowing at least 2,000 tractor-trailers a day to cross the dam and pass through town.

In addition, Titus said, residents asked her where they would fit in President Barack Obama's $75 billion plan to help Americans with home mortgages.

She said she plans to hold a workshop next month to explain details of that housing bill after it has passed.

Jim Douglass said Titus reassured him that Congress wouldn't rush a vote on that bill. Douglass, who described himself as mostly Republican, thought the stimulus package earlier this month had been pushed quickly into law without citizens having a chance to read it.

Titus said a vote is scheduled for next month, and she agreed lawmakers should study the document.

Douglass seemed impressed after talking to Titus.

"I think she's aware of those concerns and maybe even shares some of them," he said.

Cassie Tomlin can be reached at 948-2073 or [email protected].

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