Titus making congressional trip to nation of Georgia

WASHINGTON – Rep. Dina Titus is packing for a congressional trip overseas later this week.

The Nevada Democrat will be part of a delegation to the nation of Georgia, her office confirmed Monday. Titus spokeswoman Caitlin Teare said the trip was organized by the House Democracy Partnership, a bipartisan group that supports the development of independent legislatures in partner nations.

The Georgia leg of the trip was announced for July 2-5 by David Kereselidze, the Speaker of Foreign Affairs of Georgia. Teare said the group will visit more than one country but no information on its itinerary was being released for security reasons.

In Georgia, the U.S. lawmakers were scheduled to meet with President Giorgi Margvelashvili and Prime Minister Irakli Garibashvili as well as officials from the legislature and executive departments.

Georgia, whose western border is on the Black Sea, is south of Russia and north of Turkey and Armenia. The Eurasian nation gained independence when the Soviet Union dissolved in 1991 and is working to become a member of the NATO alliance.

The congressional group will be led by Rep. Peter Roskam, R-Ill. Besides Titus it will include Rep. David Price, D-N.C., and Republican Reps. Tom Rice of South Carolina and Rob Woodall of Georgia.

Titus is the second Nevada lawmaker to take part in official travel during the current Fourth of July recess for Congress. Sen. Dean Heller, R-Nev., returned Sunday from a trip to Cuba where he and two other senators held talks on President Barack Obama’s plan to normalize relations with the Communist island nation.

Contact Review-Journal Washington Bureau Chief Steve Tetreault at stetreault@reviewjournal.com or 202-783-1760. Find him on Twitter: @STetreaultDC

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