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HHS Secretary Tom Price Resigns Over Air Travel Scandal

by Countable | 9.29.17

What’s the story?

Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price has resigned amid scrutiny of the chartering of private jets and military aircraft to fulfill his cabinet duties. His flights, domestically and internationally, have cost taxpayers upwards of a $1 million dollars since his confirmation.

Price announced Thursday that he would reimburse the government for the "cost of his seat" on the flights and that he regretted “the concerns this has raised regarding the use of taxpayer dollars”. That must not have been enough to satisfy the president, who was publicly ambivalent on Price’s future after the scandal broke.

President Donald Trump accepted Price’s resignation on Friday. The White House states that Deputy Assistant Secretary Don Wright will serve as acting secretary, per the Washington Post. The administration will need to put a new nominee forward to take over the post permanently who will have to go through the confirmation process.

What do you think?

Was this the right move by the administration? Should this be the end of it, or should other cabinet members be called to task for their use of private jets at taxpayer expense?

Tell us in the comments what you think, then use the Take Action button to tell your reps!

— Asha Sanaker

(Photo Credit: Mark Taylor via Flickr / Creative Commons)

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  • Caitlin
    09/29/2017
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    We should definitely look into the other cabinet members as well! Consistency is very important, so we should hold everyone to the same standards.

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  • Jon-luke
    09/29/2017
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    This is what happens when people get angry! Keep it up, and we can make sure our tax payer money isn't being used to further enrich the lives of the wealthy. They work for us.

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  • Deb
    09/29/2017
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    He needs to reimburse the full dollar amount not the cost of his seat! He made unethical choices and he needs to be held accountable so that others in public service jobs will think twice before they misuse our tax money.

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  • DrCindyBean
    09/29/2017
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    Glad Price resigned. Send him an invoice to get the million dollars back he stole from taxpayers. Now Zinke, Pruitt, Mnuchin and Shulkin must also go for stealing from taxpayers. And t RUmp is stealing from taxpayers constantly- must impeach! This entire administration is corrupt cronies and criminals !!

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  • Bernieorbust
    09/29/2017
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    If anyone is spending our money, taxpayer money, we deserve to see their monthly receipts. Think private jets are bad? Tip of the iceberg folks! House Oversight Committee appears to be worthless. So sick of this corruption, greed and selfishness. We need more audits!

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  • Chris
    09/29/2017
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    We need to investigate travel by other members of the cabinet as well as taking Trump to task for his $500 million Air Force One outings to Mar A Lago.

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  • Melanie
    09/29/2017
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    I think it is cheeky of DJT to put pressure on Price when he and his family have spent millions on flights to Mar A Lago and other places. I find it incredible that someone who has an MD and is a Cabinet member has the common sense of a constipated gnat. It should be no surprise that this administration is comprised of people with a sense of entitlement.

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  • David
    09/29/2017
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    These are rich people who have no respect for the public sector or the sacred responsibility they undertook to serve in this level of government. As they say, it all flows down from the top, and this president has no more respect than they have. Price should be made an example of and it should be investigated and charges should be brought, culminating in impeachment proceedings. Just wait until we find out how much trump will make under his proposed tax plan. I'm sick of this. Government is serious business and I can't tolerate the lack of respect his administration has shown since its inception.

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  • msb4justice
    09/29/2017
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    Need to look into other cabinet members, MoC, AND THE PRESIDENT. They all are wasting taxpayer money.

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  • Frank
    09/29/2017
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    It's a start. Now, let's see if we can get Trump to resign. Better; lock him up!

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  • Jb
    09/29/2017
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    Typical of Frump's hypocrisy! When is HE going to reimburse tax payers for his trips to wherever-he-feels-like-escaping-to-every-weekend? Not to mention us footing the bill for his adult children on their outings! This Administration is so full of crooks that they need to install a revolving door to help those "exiting" and the new ones "entering!" #45 is a joke a minute but not one second of laughs. 😡

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  • Millie
    09/29/2017
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    Good riddance you unqualified cheat

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  • Brandon p
    09/29/2017
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    Awesome. all that rhetoric he talked when he was a congressman and here he goes out and steps on his dick. LMAO. i luv it.

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  • Jean
    09/29/2017
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    Yippee!! Now pay us back the money you owe for taking private planes!!!

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  • Donald
    09/29/2017
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    Just more evidence that Congress has little in common with the average citizen, and that their sense of entitlement and self importance is running amuck...

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  • Cleo
    09/29/2017
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    the cost of his seat"? As in if he had flown coach? As in what? How about the full amount spent on the planes?

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  • Cindy
    09/29/2017
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    Good riddance to another arrogant, entitled SOB! Now, make him pay back the almost 1MILLION he squandered of our taxpayer money. And go after the others, Zinke, Pruitt, 45's adult kids. So disgusted by this Administration 😡

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  • AlexRoseSc
    09/29/2017
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    Was it worth it?! Your reputation will be paying a PRICE for what you did for the rest of your life; how does that feel?! How dare you. Good RIDDANCE!

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  • Pamela
    09/29/2017
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    This entire administration needs to resign.

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  • Peter
    09/29/2017
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    If you do something stupid, or put yourself before the people, you better be prepared to stop working for the people. This was fast and efficient.

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