Ex-Rep. Rokita, who voted to defund Amtrak, picked for board

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A group that advocates for train passengers wants the Senate to reject the nomination of a former Indiana congressman for Amtrak's board of directors.

The Rail Passengers Association said Todd Rokita voted in 2015 and 2017 to eliminate public funding of Amtrak, although lawmakers continued the support. He was a Republican member of the House Transportation Committee during his eight years in Congress.

Rokita sought the Republican nomination for U.S. Senate last year, finishing second in a race won by Mike Braun. Rokita now is general counsel for Indianapolis-based consulting company Apex Benefits.

The White House said President Donald Trump nominated Rokita for the Amtrak board.

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