Zinke Inquiry Over Travel Costs
The Inspector General of the U.S. Department of the Interior has opened an investigation into Secretary Ryan Zinke’s travel. Questions about the former Montana congressman come just days after former Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price resigned, following similar criticism. KTVQ.com reports that Price frequently used taxpayer-funded private charter planes. Zinke reportedly took three charter flights, including one from Las Vegas to Montana and another to the U.S. Virgin Islands.
Zinke said the instances where he used non-commercial and non-military aircraft for travel included a bipartisan congressional delegation led by the Senate natural resources committee to the Arctic Circle. He said he flew to the U.S. Virgin Islands to celebrate the 100th anniversary of transition of power from Danish ownership. Zinke’s flight to Montana cost taxpayers over $12,000. His flight to the Virgin Islands cost over $3,100