House Republicans introduced new legislation on Wednesday, May 12, to effectively fire top U.S. epidemiologist Anthony Fauci from the director’s post.
The Fauci’s Incompetence Requires Early Dismissal (FIRED) Act. was authored by Rep. Warren Davidson (R-Ohio), co-sponsored by Reps. Chip Roy (R-Texas), Andy Biggs (R-Ariz.), and Ralph Norman (R-S.C). It will set new restrictions on appointees to direct the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), which, if enacted, would be an absolute termination of Fauci from his position.
The bill reduces the term of the NIAID director post down to 12 years; Fauci has occupied the position since 1984. During President Donald Trump and Joe Biden’s presidency, he has served as White House director and adviser on COVID-19, which has displeased many due to his endorsement of lockdowns and public mandates.
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“In the wake of massive missteps by Dr. Fauci and his subordinates in the handling of the coronavirus pandemic, this bill addresses an oft-overlooked issue: The lack of accountability for unelected bureaucrats,” said in a statement from Davidson’s office, reports the Blaze.
Davison provided that this legislation deters those who do not honestly contribute to the nation from staying in a high position for too long.
“Few people have earned their termination more visibly,” Davidson told 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.”
Davidson viewed that since Dr.Fauci “publicly failed to respond appropriately to the COVID-19 pandemic,” which on Twitter he dubbed as “anti-science,” it was time for a new elect that can “follow the science and start reopening America.”
It is known that NIAID has funded roughly $600,000 per year between 2014 and 2019 to research at the Wuhan Institute of Virology that involved genetic analyses of bat coronaviruses extracted from Yunnan province, China. There is not yet any data confirmed that the study was related to the lethal COVID-19 pandemic, but the theory that the virus escaped from a Wuhan laboratory would clearly raise some doubts.