Tom Price has decided to pay the piper for using a private jet 24 times since May, to the tune of $300,000.
"Today, I will write a personal check to the U.S. Treasury for the expenses of my travel on private charter planes," Price said in a statement. "The taxpayers won’t pay a dime for my seat on those planes." Price noted that all the travel has been "approved by legal and HHS officials" but said he will stop using private charter flights. "I regret the concerns this has raised regarding the use of taxpayer dollars," Price said. "It is clear to me that in this case, I was not sensitive enough to my concern for the taxpayer." Price did not specify in the statement whether he would also be paying for the travel costs of any aides or government officials who traveled with him on chartered flights.
Price is attempting to save his job, apparently, and Huckabee Sanders says, “We’re going to conduct a full review and see what happens.” Maybe that investigation should extend to Steve Mnuchin and Scott Pruitt as well:
The Treasury inspector general is reviewing department head Steven Mnuchin’s use of a private jet in August, as well as why he requested a government plane to take him and his wife, Louise Linton, on their European honeymoon.
Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt has also been using private planes for government duties. The Washington Post reported on Wednesday that Pruitt’s private flights have cost taxpayers more than $58,000.