Top Dem demands answers: Did Price pay back for private travel?

Top Dem demands answers: Did Price pay back for private travel?
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A top Democratic senator is demanding to know if former Health and Human Services (HHS) 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 has reimbursed taxpayers for his use of charter flights on official government business.

In a letter obtained by The Hill, Sen. Patty MurrayPatricia (Patty) Lynn MurrayFaith leaders call on Congress to lead the response to a global pandemic Conservation group says it will only endorse Democrats who support .5T spending plan Support the budget resolution to ensure a critical investment in child care MORE (D-Wash.) on Tuesday asked Treasury Secretary Steven MnuchinSteven MnuchinMenendez, Rubio ask Yellen to probe meatpacker JBS The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Goldman Sachs - Biden rallies Senate Dems behind mammoth spending plan Mnuchin dodges CNBC questions on whether Trump lying over election MORE to confirm whether Price has in fact sent a check to the U.S. Treasury, and for how much.

“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,” Murray wrote. “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.”

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In addition, Murray asked if any other Cabinet members had reimbursed the government for their travels on military or charter flights.

Price was one of four Cabinet secretaries — including Mnuchin — who have been known to have used private or military planes instead of flying commercial while working for the government in some capacity.

Price resigned on Friday following a series of public rebukes from President Trump and GOP lawmakers.

Before he resigned, Price had promised to repay the cost of his travels with a personal check. However, HHS said he would only pay for the cost of “his share of the travel,” which amounts to just under $52,000.

The entire costs of his trips are estimated to be about $1 million.

Murray said Price’s plans to reimburse the government for only a fraction of the cost of the travel “is entirely inadequate.”

At the time of his confirmation, Price’s wealth was estimated at approximately $14 million, according to his financial disclosure forms.