Capitol Report: Price says he’ll reimburse taxpayers for small portion of flight costs, stop taking private charter flights

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HHS Secretary Tom Price says he wasn’t “sensitive enough to my concern for the taxpayer” by taking private-jet flights.

Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price said Thursday he’ll reimburse taxpayers for a small portion of the cost of charter flights he has taken on official business and that he’ll stop taking such flights while at HHS.

“Today, I will write a personal check to the U.S. Treasury for the expenses of my travel on private charter planes,” he said in a statement.

President Donald Trump has said he is unhappy with Price for taking the flights and indicated he could fire him over the matter.

A HHS spokesperson said Price’s check would total $51,887.31, the Wall Street Journal reported.

But that’s just a fraction of what the flights cost. The original investigation by Politico found 26 flights that cost an estimated $400,000. Late Thursday, Politico reported Price had taken White House-approved military flights on trips overseas, which cost more than $500,000 — putting the total cost around $1 million.