Dr. Anthony Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, was fired from his job on Wednesday, according to Rep. Warren Davidson (R-OH).
The Fauci Incompetence Requires Early Dismissal (FIRED) Act, introduced by Davidson, would restrict appointees to a 12-year term as director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID). It will refer retroactively to directors who worked before the bill was passed, like Fauci, and if it became law, he will be dismissed.
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Fauci has been the head of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) since 1984, almost four decades. In a tweet, Davidson said that Fauci mishandled the COVID-19 pandemic, and that the bill would help to improve transparency for unelected bureaucrats.
“In his farewell address, President Eisenhower cautioned us about the scientific-technical elite leading the country toward their own ends,” Davidson said. “Dr. Fauci has led America for decades, and he has publicly refused to react adequately to the COVID-19 pandemic. It’s past time for him to step down so that new leadership can start reopening America by “following the science.”
Reps. Andy Biggs (R-AZ), Chip Roy (R-TX), and Ralph Norman (R-TX) cosponsored the bill (R-SC).
This comes after a number of Republicans have expressed dissatisfaction with Joe Biden’s administration’s handling of the COVID-19 pandemic. Sen. Bill Cassidy (R-LA) recently chastised the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for failing to update its recommendations to represent the millions of people who have received the coronavirus vaccine.
“The American people are extremely irritated, and as Sen. [Susan] Collins [R-ME] put it, they’re starting to ignore what you think is true,” Cassidy said.
“Because what you mean is patently false, I have to wear a mask while I’m outside, and the wind is blowing at 20 miles per hour, but that has recently been changed.”
He went on to say, “They seek not to believe certain things which are true; you have to know, you have to be more real-time.”