Cummings Probes the Cost of Tom Price’s Private Travel and Demands Receipts
Congressman Elijah Cummings (D-MD), Ranking Member of the House Oversight Committee, wants to know why Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price is spending so much taxpayer money on private jets. In a letter to the Secretary, Cummings references a Politico story last week that reported Price took private jets on five separate flights for official business, at a cost of tens of thousands of dollars more than commercial travel. The outlet also reported that Price has taken 24 flights on private charter planes since May. “If these reports are accurate this would be a stunning hypocritical breach of trust given that the Trump administration at the same time is trying to take away healthcare from millions of Americans and is proposing to slash funding at HHS,” Cummings writes. Now the Congressman wants the receipts. He’s requesting the Secretary tell him who was on the flight, the cost of each flight, and exactly which agency footed the cost. Read the full letter here.