Shortly after Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Tom Price said in a statement that he will reimburse taxpayers for his use of private jets, a HHS spokesperson clarified in an e-mailed statement to The Hill that Price will only pay back about $52,000 of the over $400,000 in taxpayer money spent on the charter planes.
Price is “taking the unprecedented step of reimbursing the government for his share of the travel,” the HHS spokesperson said. “Secretary Price will write a personal check to the US Treasury for $51,887.31. The taxpayers won’t pay a dime for his seats on charter planes.”
Democrats on Twitter said that that wasn’t good enough:
— Ron Wyden (@RonWyden) September 28, 2017
— Rep. Don Beyer (@RepDonBeyer) September 28, 2017
The Hill added:
Price’s flights are now the subject of an investigation by his department’s inspector general, as well as the House Oversight Committee.
The controversy seems to have put Price’s job at risk. The White House on Thursday refused to say whether Price would stay on, one day after President Trump said he was “not happy” about the expenditures.
Price on Thursday said he thinks he still has the support of the president.
“We’re going to work through this, and I think we’ve still got the confidence of the president,” Price said.