Democratic leaders request investigation into Price's travel

Democratic leaders request investigation into Price's travel
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Congressional Democrats in a Wednesday letter called for an investigation into Health and Human Services Secretary Tom PriceThomas (Tom) Edmunds PriceWant to evaluate Donald Trump's judgment? Listen to Donald Trump Former Georgia ethics official to challenge McBath A proposal to tackle congressional inside trading: Invest in the US MORE’s travel, following a report that said Price took private jets on five flights for government business last week.

Reps. Frank Pallone Jr. (N.J.) and Richard Neal (Mass.), along with Sens. Ron WydenRonald (Ron) Lee WydenLobbyists turn to infrastructure law's implementation Democrats plow ahead as Manchin yo-yos Overnight Energy & Environment — House passes giant climate, social policy bill MORE (Ore.), Patty MurrayPatricia (Patty) Lynn MurrayOn The Money — Biden sticks with Powell despite pressure Senators call for Smithsonian Latino, women's museums to be built on National Mall The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by ExxonMobil - Arbery case, Biden spending bill each test views of justice MORE (Wash.) and Gary PetersGary PetersFive ways Senate could change Biden's spending plan Overnight Defense & National Security — Presented by Boeing — US mulls Afghan evacuees' future Senators look to defense bill to move cybersecurity measures MORE (Mich.), signed the letter, which asks a series of questions about Price’s travel.

Pallone announced earlier in the day that he would call for the investigation.

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“American taxpayers deserve assurances that their tax dollars are not wasted by the government’s highest officials, and we are committed to holding Secretary Price to his stated pledges to reduce waste throughout the Department,” the letter reads.

The letter asks that the inspector general determine why Price did not fly commercially for five different business flights last week. The letter also asks for details about the chartered flights, including who booked the travel and the identities of other passengers. 

"I would remind Secretary Price that taxpayer funds are not meant to be used as a jet-setting slush fund," Pallone said in the statement released early Wednesday.

"There is no reason to be regularly chartering private flights at the taxpayers’ expense between commercially serviced routes such Washington, D.C. to Philadelphia,” he added, referencing one of the trips detailed in the Politico report.