By Rachada Pradhan (Politico) –
Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price said he will write a personal check to the federal government for his costs of traveling on private jets and will permanently halt his use of charter flights.
“The taxpayers won’t pay a dime for my seat on those planes,” Price said in a statement Thursday afternoon.
The announcement follows a POLITICO investigation that found Price has taken at least 26 charter flights costing taxpayers more than $400,000 since May to conduct official business within the country. Price’s travel, which was first reported over a week ago, has increasingly come under fire from President Donald Trump and former colleagues in Congress.