Jet-Setting Tom Price Says He’ll Pay Up…Sort Of
Tom Price says he’ll pay the American people back for using taxpayer money on private jets. Ana Kasparian, Nomiki Konst, and Jayar Jackson, the hosts of The Young Turks, tell you how much he’s willing to pay back. Tell us what you think in the comment section below. Join TYT: https://goo.gl/v8E64M
“Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price said he will write a personal check to the federal government for his costs of traveling on private jets and will permanently halt his use of charter flights.
“The taxpayers won’t pay a dime for my seat on those planes,” Price said in a statement Thursday afternoon.
The announcement follows a POLITICO investigation finding that Price has taken at least 26 charter flights costing more than $400,000 since May to conduct official business within the country, and after Price has increasingly come under fire from President Donald Trump and former colleagues in Congress.
It’s unclear how much Price will pay to the U.S. Treasury, but it is likely for just a fraction of the total costs of the flights. Price’s statement referred to paying for “my seat” and did not address the cost of staff and security officials that accompanied him.
Price, whose use of private jets is being investigated by the HHS inspector general, said he will no longer charter flights for official business. “No exceptions,” he said.”
Read more here: http://www.politico.com/story/2017/09/28/tom-price-private-charter-flights-reimburse-243267
Hosts: Ana Kasparian, Nomiki Konst, Jayar Jackson
Cast: Ana Kasparian, Nomiki Konst, Jayar Jackson
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