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Re: Rokita Amtrak board nomination
« Reply #1 on: May 09, 2019, 11:05:11 AM »
Keep in mind the nomination is subject to Senate approval.  There might well be pushback on this, and it could easily be bipartisan.

Rokita has been an unquestioning loyalist ever since Trump won the Republican nomination for president.  This apparently is his reward.


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Re: Rokita Amtrak board nomination
« Reply #2 on: May 09, 2019, 11:31:08 AM »
INDIANAPOLIS — Former U.S. Rep Todd Rokita (R-Ind.), who twice voted to defund Amtrak, will be nominated to fill a seat on the passenger railroad’s board of directors.

The Times of Northwest Indiana reports that President Donald Trump has announced his intention to nominate Rokita for a spot on the nine-seat board. The nomination must be confirmed by the U.S. Senate.

Rokita spent eight years in the House of Representatives before making an unsuccessful bid for a Republican nomination for the U.S. Senate last year.

Three earlier nominations by President Trump to the Amtrak board are being held up by U.S. Sen. Jerry Moran (R-Kan.) pending assurances from Amtrak it will continue to fund the Southwest Chief.

Rick Dearborn of Oklahoma, a former deputy chief of staff for President Trump; Joseph R. Gruters, a Florida state representative who was co-chair of the president’s 2016 campaign in Florida; and former U.S. Rep. Leon Westmoreland of Georgia, who also voted at least twice to defund Amtrak, have had their nominations placed on hold by Moran. He and other senators are scheduled to meet with Amtrak CEO Richard Anderson on May 22, according to a report in the Topeka Capital-Journal.

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Re: Rokita Amtrak board nomination
« Reply #3 on: May 16, 2019, 12:02:49 AM »
Here's a statement from the Rail Passengers Association:


Rail Passengers President and CEO Jim Mathews issued a strongly worded condemnation following the White House’s announcement, which was quickly picked up by Politico.

“Our leadership has been skeptical of the many questionable Amtrak board nominations put forward by this administration, and this is a step too far,” said Mathews. “Mr. Rokita may end up saying the right things during his confirmation hearing, but we can say without a doubt that he has no appreciation for the way Amtrak-served communities depend on the National Network to connect them to the rest of America, and hasn’t spent time developing a vision for how Amtrak could better serve America’s passengers.”

Rail Passengers found that Rokita voted against Amtrak in 8 of the 13 Amtrak-specific amendments we tracked.