Fauci’s time on the government payroll may finally be up after nearly 40 years thanks to a group of Republicans looking to have him fired.
The group of House Republicans introduced a bill on Wednesday that would effectively fire highest ranking U.S. epidemiologist Anthony Fauci – who has been National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) director since 1984.
Republican Rep. Warren Davidson is behind the bill officially titled the Fauci’s Incompetence Requires Early Dismissal (FIRED) Act. Its co-sponsors include Reps. Chip Roy, Andy Biggs, and Ralph Norman.
“Few people have earned their termination more visibly,” Davidson said in a statement to Fox News. “His excessively long tenure is emblematic of Eisenhower’s farewell address caution against scientific-technical elite steering the country for their own ends — at odds with truth and the national interest.”
The bill would impose a retroactive 12-year term limit on the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, and if the bill were to be signed into law Fauci would be forced out of his job.
Davidson’s bill, unfortunately, will not likely be signed into law in a Democrat run Congress and a Democrat president in Joe Biden.
Biden’s White House has defended Fauci and its other medical experts and their elevated role in the administration. Counselor to the President Jeff Zients, when the administration recommended a pause on the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, said the White House is letting “science agencies to lead with science” because political White House officials “bring nothing to the table.”
Davidson’s bill, however, reveals a broader frustration with Fauci, the CDC, and other Biden administration health officials from Republicans all around.
Republican Sen. Susan Collins, one of the most moderate Republicans in Congress, tore into Biden appointed CDC Director Rochelle Walensky on Tuesday during a hearing, saying that she’s lost respect for the agency.
“I used to have the utmost respect for the guidance from the CDC. I always considered the CDC to be the gold standard. I don’t anymore,” Collins said. “The conflicting, confusing guidance from your agency has undermined public confidence and contradicts the scientific guidance of many experts.”
Collins specifically hammered Walensky over a New York Post report that the CDC worked with a teacher’s union to help formulate guidance on returning to schools, strict requirements on mask-wearing for children at summer camps, and a New York Times report that alleged the CDC exaggerated the risk of outdoor transmission of the virus.
Meanwhile, Biden himself has come under increasing scrutiny for continuing to wear a mask in most settings despite the fact he is vaccinated and most of those around him are vaccinated. Critics say that by wearing a mask, the president is sending the signal that there aren’t necessarily benefits to getting vaccinated and therefore potentially increasing vaccine hesitancy.
“Is it really necessary for a fully vaccinated person to wear a mask at a limited indoor gathering if everyone there is vaccinated?” CNN host Jake Tapper asked Zients this weekend during an interview on “State of the Union.” “I think the concern is that by being overly cautious, the signal is going out to the public that there isn’t necessarily light at the end of the tunnel.”
Author: Lenny Warner