Tom Price promises to reimburse taxpayers for private flights

Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price. AP file/Manuel Balce Ceneta

WASHINGTON — Health chief Tom Price said Thursday he will reimburse taxpayers for the hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of travel he logged on private jets in recent months.

“Today, I will write a personal check to the US Treasury for the expenses of my travel on private charter planes,” the former Roswell congressman said in a statement. “The taxpayers won’t pay a dime for my seat on those planes.”

Politico recently published a series of reports detailing Price’s extensive use of charter flights to the tune of $400,000 since May.

President Donald Trump said Wednesday he was “not happy” with Price because of the publicly-funded travel and indicated firing his health secretary was not off the table.

“I’m going to look at it,” Trump said. “I am not happy about it, and I let him know it.”

A half-dozen House Democrats have since called for Price’s resignation. His onetime Georgia colleagues, meanwhile, have largely kept their distance, saying that they would withhold judgement until after the health department’s inspector general finishes its review of Price’s travel.

Price previously said he would hold off on taking private charters on the public’s dime until after that review is complete, but he offered several additional actions on Thursday.

He said he will take no more private charter flights as secretary — “no exceptions” — and vowed to cooperate fully with the interdepartmental review.

“All of my political career I’ve fought for the taxpayers,” Price said. “It is clear to me that in this case, I was not sensitive enough to my concern for the taxpayer. I know as well as anyone that the American people want to know that their hard-earned dollars are being spent wisely by government officials.”

The House Oversight Committee also said it would also review press reports about trips chartered on private jets by Price and other top Trump administration officials.

Read more: Price’s Cabinet post in doubt after flights aboard taxpayer-funded jets

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TheCentrist
TheCentrist

Didn't 45 promise that if Ryan and McConnell did not pass an ACA replacement bill, that he would have Price introduce the plan to cover all Americans that everyone would be happy with as soon as he was confirmed?

bigdoggie1
bigdoggie1

Crook in Georgia! Crook in D.C.

He wouldn't know the Hippocratic Oath if it hit him in his Cheeto-worshipping arse!

COL1HYATT
COL1HYATT

That's probably a good idea .. for starters.  Must have been some of the bad habits he learned as a Congressional Senator!

TheCentrist
TheCentrist

Price wasn't a congressional senator. But, he probably did learn the bad habits of lying and bait-and-switch from "butt-sore" Clarence and "redlining" John Hardy, respectively.

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RoadScholar
RoadScholar

He should resign. He stole our money and now he is remorseful after getting caught. Give him 100% of his time to think about it! Oh and make him pay 100% of his and any staff/SS agents costs. Make stealing against the people painful. And he should not be able to run for office again.

DavidATL45
DavidATL45

Tremendous lack of judgement.  He shouldn't be in that position.

SSINative
SSINative

Would be nice if his boss would follow suit.  Interesting to know that Price can write a $400,000 check without batting an eye.  How could he possibly understand the challenges faced by real Americans?  Bets on whether he is using old campaign funds to settle this embarrassing debt to the American people?

DavidATL45
DavidATL45

@SSINative  It's more disgusting than $400,000.  He's prorated his "seat" and only offered to pay back $51k.  Typical GOP bait and switch.  Of course, the planes would not have gone to those destinations without him - government pays the entire bill but he pays only for his "seat".  LOCK HIM UP!

ajcfan1
ajcfan1

He's following his "foolish" leader!  He's taken SOOOO may trips to his golf courses on the taxpayers' dime; the secret services' budget is busted. Talk about fraud, waste, and abuse

COL1HYATT
COL1HYATT

@ajcfan1  You talking about Obama????  Remember he was the Golfer-in-Chief!

Wily
Wily

Answer to Col. Ignorant above.

Wily
Wily

You're delusional. This is huge fake fact, alternative. They're lies and you are a demented liar.

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  1. […] Politico.com had toted up a $400,000 total since May, prompting a declaration of unhappiness from President Donald Trump – and so this statement from the former Georgia congressman. From the AJC’s Tamar Hallerman: […]

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