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


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.