Ex-health sec­re­tary re­pays flight costs

Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - NATIONAL -

WASH­ING­TON — For­mer Health and Hu­man Ser­vice Sec­re­tary Tom Price re­paid the gov­ern­ment nearly $60,000 for his costs fly­ing on pri­vate char­ters for of­fi­cial busi­ness, House Democrats re­vealed Tues­day.

Price was forced to re­sign last fall af­ter Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump pub­licly ex­pressed his dis­plea­sure over his travel on char­ter jets in­stead of com­mer­cial flights. The Trea­sury De­part­ment con­firmed to House in­ves­ti­ga­tors that Price sent three checks to­tal­ing about $59,400 for travel ex­penses, Rep. Eli­jah Cum­mings, D-Md.,Cum­mings said.

As he fought to keep his job, Price apol­o­gized for the costly trips and promised to re­pay tax­pay­ers. But White House coun­selor Kellyanne Con­way also flew on some of those same trips, and Democrats want to know how much that cost.

In a let­ter to House Over­sight Com­mit­tee Chair­man Trey Gowdy, R-S.C., Cum­mings ac­cused the White House of stonewalling doc­u­ment re­quests for travel in­for­ma­tion on Con­way and other ad­min­is­tra­tion of­fi­cials.


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