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Report: HHS chief Tom Price spent $25K for private jet from D.C. to Philly

Politico says it was one of five private flights Price took last week for official business.

Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price.
Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price.Read moreAlex Brandon / AP, File

When Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price flew to Philadelphia last Friday he took a private jet that cost taxpayers about $25,000, Politico reports.

Politico says the 135-mile trip from Dulles International Airport to Philadelphia International Airport was one of five private flights Price took on official business last week.

"Price, a frequent critic of federal spending who has been developing a plan for department-wide cost savings, declined to comment," Politico said.

It said Price could have flown to Philadelphia on a commercial flight for anywhere from $447 to $725 per person, round trip, or made the trip by train for as low as $72 when booked in advance.

During his visit Friday to a Delaware County drug treatment center with White House adviser Kellyanne Conway, Price announced $144 million in addiction treatment grants.

In contrast, Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson, who was in Philadelphia Tuesday to open a school, had to cut short an interview with our reporters Kristen Graham and Aubrey Whelan because he had to catch a train.

Rep. Brendan Boyle, D-Pa., weighed on the report in a tweet.

In the meantime, Dan Diamond, one of the authors of the Politico story, tweeted a photo of the private jet Rice and Conway flew on.