Yes, Tom Price reimbursed government $52K for his trips on private jets

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

WASHINGTON — Before resigning last week, former Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price indeed reimbursed taxpayers for nearly $52,000 — the amount he said covered his portion of recent official trips on private jets .

A spokesman for the department said Friday that Price wrote a personal check to the U.S. Treasury “for the expenses of his travel on private charter planes” before he tendered his resignation on Sept. 29.

Price had promised to pay the amount as he was lobbying to save his job amid intense scrutiny for taking more than two-dozen such trips that cost taxpayers more than $1 million. The former Georgia congressman was swiftly criticized for the amount, which only covered his portion of the travel.

“The necessary processing of that payment by HHS has been completed,” the spokesman said.

The news comes a few days after U.S. Rep. Elijah Cummings of Maryland, the top Democrat on the House Oversight Committee, wrote to Trump administration officials requesting evidence that Price indeed paid back the money.

Wrote Cummings:  “To verify that Secretary Price made his payment last Friday, please provide by October 6, 2017, a copy of any check or other form of payment former Secretary Price submitted to reimburse his expenses for these flights.”

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dallasalice
dallasalice

Well, at least Tom Price has put a price on how much he values his nether regions.

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Kathy
Kathy

What about the rest of the millionaires that flew on taxpayer money. When are they paying up? Who is monitoring this cabinet. They obviously need watching.

RoadScholar
RoadScholar

No Price's share is $1 million since he was his staff leader and cause that they flew! Pay up Price!

Ken430TX
Ken430TX

When Elijah Cummings becomes "Mr. Pure" he can start requesting info on others.  Until that time he should keep his fat mouth shut.  Price is an idiot, but Cummings is far worse.

Wily
Wily

Racist much? This has nothing to do with Cummings. Price, the arrogant thief, chartered those planes. He owes the whole $1,000,000. Price is always shiny because he's always slimy.

Cobbian
Cobbian

Tom Price does not get off the hook for his egregious, pompous actions that needlessly cost taxpayers $1 million by "paying back" about $50k.   What is that - 1/20th of the real cost?


I don't know what happened to Price, but he went off the deep end.  Maybe it was associating with all the fat cats Trump brought into Washington who just casually spend money as if they have an endless supply.  


Trump may have done a little to "drain the swamp" of past pollution, but he brought a whole new kind in with him.  Does anyone thing Washington is less fetid than before?