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 PriceWatchdog clears Perry’s use of non-commercial flights, but advises policy change Trump admin gets lowest-ever ethics ratings in Gallup poll Republicans succeeded at raising insurance premiums for too many 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 MurrayOvernight Health Care — Sponsored by PCMA — Trump to sign 'right to try' drug bill next week Overnight Health Care — Sponsored by PCMA — Trump official won't OK lifetime limits on Medicaid Dems warn against changes to federal family planning program MORE (D-Wash.) wrote in a letter to Treasury Secretary Steven MnuchinSteven Terner MnuchinSchumer: Congress must stop reported ZTE deal 'in its tracks' Watchdog clears Perry’s use of non-commercial flights, but advises policy change CBO: Deficit savings for Trump budget nearly half of White House estimate 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.