Tom Price


Chairman of the Budget Committee

Thomas Price was chairman of the House Committee on the Budget from the beginning of 2015 through the end of the 114th Congress. He also was a member of the Republican Study Committee, and on the Republican Policy Committee.

He resigned his seat in Congress at the beginning of the 115th Congress to become the Secretary of Health and Human Services. On September 29, 2017, he was forced to resign as Secretary following an uproar over his use of private charters and military aircraft for travel. 

Throughout his career Price used rhetoric decrying wasteful government spending, particularly in the area of Federal healthcare costs. Hence his resignation in disgrace for wasting taxpayer money for personal travel gained a great deal of attention. (“Disgrace Under Fire” was a popular phrase among budget analysts of both political parties.) 

His tenure as Chairman of the House Budget Committee was not particularly distinguished. The primary budget deal during his tenure was embodied by the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015, from which he and the House Budget Committee were entirely excluded (unlike the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2013, its namesake and successful predecessor overseen by his predecessor Chairman Paul Ryan).

The second session of the 114th Congress was the first in history where the House went without adopting a budget in any form, though a “shell” budget resolution was adopted without any participation by the House Budget Committee in order to generate a reconciliation bill to repeal the Affordable Healthcare Act. That law failed to be enacted. 


References

Chicago Tribune – No seats left on the government jet for cheapskate spendthrift Tom Price (September 29, 2017)

CNN – Price out as HHS secretary after private plane scandal (September 29, 2017)

Fortune – Tom Price Resigns After Leaving Obamacare in Shambles (Sep 29th, 2017)

New York TImes – Health Secretary Tom Price Resigns After Drawing Ire for Chartered Flights (Sept. 29, 2017)

Voice of America News – Price Resigns From Trump Cabinet Over Costly Travel (September 29, 2017)

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