Tom Price promised on Thursday that he would pay back the taxpayer money he used to take private jet rides for official government business, an estimate of $400,000. But the Health and Human Services Secretary only wrote a check for $52,000, failing to pay back the full amount.
An HHS spokesperson told The Hill that Price is “taking the unprecedented step of reimbursing the government for his share of the travel.”
“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.”
Price had originally stated that “taxpayers won’t pay a dime for my seat on those planes,” which was a total of about $400,000.
Democrats weren’t happy with the amount Price paid back taxpayers.
— Ron Wyden (@RonWyden) September 28, 2017
— Rep. Don Beyer (@RepDonBeyer) September 28, 2017
Price has more than enough to pay back taxpayers for his expenses. According to his personal financial disclosure forms, Price had a net worth back in January of at least $8.2 million.