House Democrats plan to investigate Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price's use of an expensive private jet for work travel.
House Oversight and Government Reform Committee ranking member Elijah Cummings, a Democrat representing Baltimore's inner city, wrote a scathing letter to Price, demanding information about the jet travel, costing $25,000 for one trip alone, according to a report.
"The amount of taxpayer funds you reportedly spent on just one single flight earlier this month is more than some of my constituents make in an entire year," Cummings wrote to Price.
Cummings is demanding Price provide "a wide range of documents... relating to all non-commercial flights taken," taken by Price or other HHS officials. Cummings wants the information by October 10.
Cummings, in a statement, accused Price of spending an exorbitant amount of money on travel while at the same time working to end Obamacare and reduce the HHS budget and its programs.
"It is clear that officials in the Trump Administration have been spoiled by a culture of unaccountability, and they are emboldened by the failure of House Republicans to do their job under the Constitution to act as a check on the President and the Executive Branch," Cummings said. "These are exactly the kinds of abuses the Oversight Committee is supposed to investigate and hold hearings on — and that's exactly what we should do here."
Department officials justified the trips and the jet and said they were the best mode of transportation for Price.