Price wrote personal check to Treasury for charter flights before resigning

Price wrote personal check to Treasury for charter flights before resigning
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Former Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Tom PriceThomas (Tom) Edmunds PriceOvernight Health Care: House GOP considers adding health measures to funding bill | WH doctor says Trump in 'excellent' health | Gallup: Number of uninsured up 3M in 2017 | CDC chief to miss fourth hearing New watchdog group targets Trump HHS on reproductive health EPA inspector general further expands probe into Pruitt travel MORE wrote a personal check to the U.S. Treasury Department for the expense of his travel on private charter planes before resigning, an HHS official confirmed to The Hill on Thursday.

Price wrote a check for $51,887 before stepping down last week, and the "necessary processing of that payment by HHS has been completed," the official said. 

Price resigned following a string of Politico reports that showed his use of private and government planes cost more than $1 million since May. 

The $51,887 appears to cover the cost of his seat on the planes but not those of his staffers. 

Price is now being investigated by HHS's inspector general and the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee.

Top Democrats have demanded to know whether Price followed through on his promise to write a check before resigning. 

“While Price may no longer be Secretary of HHS, he still has the responsibility to follow through on his commitment to repay the American public,” Sen. Patty MurrayPatricia (Patty) Lynn MurrayCDC director to miss fourth hearing because of potential ethics issues Week ahead: Lawmakers near deal on children's health funding Ryan suggests room for bipartisanship on ObamaCare MORE (D-Wash.) wrote in a letter to Treasury Secretary Steven MnuchinSteven Terner MnuchinWeek ahead: Lawmakers eye another short-term spending bill Reagan balanced trade — Trump can, too GOP may increase IRS’s budget MORE this week.

“Anything less is a clear indication that Price was not, in fact, sorry for his abuse of taxpayer dollars, but was just sorry that he was caught.”

Murray also criticized Price for only offering to pay back a portion of the costs.