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 PriceWhite House officials discussing potential replacements for FEMA chief: report Overnight Health Care: CBO finds bill delaying parts of ObamaCare costs B | Drug CEO defends 400 percent price hike | HHS declares health emergency ahead of hurricane HHS should look into Azar's close ties to the drug industry 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: GOP plays defense over pre-existing conditions | Groups furious over new Trump immigration proposal | Public health advocates decry funding transfer over migrant children Malnutrition Awareness Week spotlights the importance of national nutrition programs Senate Dem: Republicans have 'predetermined' outcome of Kavanaugh hearing MORE (D-Wash.) wrote in a letter to Treasury Secretary Steven MnuchinSteven Terner MnuchinOn The Money: 0B more in Trump tariffs kick in | China calls off trade talks | CEO confidence slips over tariffs | GOP to move spending bill over Trump concerns | Behind the scenes look at how the GOP tax law passed How the Trump tax law passed: Breaking the gridlock  5 things to know about Trump's escalating trade war with China 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.