Republicans have had problems with Dr. Anthony Fauci for well over a year. Since the start of the pandemic, GOP leaders have often questioned the nation’s top epidemiologist.
And perhaps for good reason, as they argue that his guidance and recommendations often seemed contradictory, and not always supported by the science.
Now, it seems Republicans have had it with Fauci — and they’re trying to remove him from power.
Biden’s top health official remains very much in the public eye, but he’s also hugely controversial. Many Conservatives and right-wing citizens accuse Fauci of misleading the public on numerous occasions.
And this has led to a formal push to remove Dr. Fauci from his high-ranking position.
It’s a bill introduced by Rep. Warren Davidson (R-Ohio) and if it passes, Fauci would be forced to step down. And it would be a tremendous blow to the Biden administration as well.
The legislation has a name Democrats won’t appreciate, either: it’s called the Fauci’s Incompetence Requires Early Dismissal (FIRED) Act.
Said Davidson in a statement to Fox News:
Few people have earned their termination more visibly.
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.
Other Republicans backing the bill include co-sponsor Reps. Chip Roy (R-TX), Andy Biggs (R-AZ), and Ralph Norman (R-S.C.).
The legislation would implement a retroactive 12-year term limit on the Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), which is Fauci’s official title.
And since Fauci has held this position since 1984, he’d be well past the limit. So he’d be forced to leave the position.
Unfortunately, it seems highly unlikely that such a bill will pass: even if enough Congressional Democrats supported it (which probably won’t happen), President Joe Biden would almost certainly veto it.
After all, Biden’s team has defended Fauci from the start. And most Democrats do as well.
However, the bill makes it plain that many political leaders are extremely unhappy with Fauci’s medical leadership in the past year. So, this move is more of an official statement than anything else.
Additionally, a lot of people on Capitol Hill have lost all respect for the CDC, too.
For instance, Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) called out CDC Director Rochelle Walensky this week:
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.
The conflicting, confusing guidance from your agency has undermined public confidence and contradicts the scientific guidance of many experts.
In recent weeks, Collins and other Republicans have blasted reports that the CDC worked with a teachers union to formulate guidance for schools, including strict mask requirements for children.
They’ve also highlighted a new report in the New York Times that suggests the CDC issued “misleading” information concerning the risk of outdoor transmission of the virus.
All these issues will continue to develop, and they could cast Fauci and the CDC in an even darker light.
Right now, Republicans just want to make their stance plain: they’re not happy with any of these medical experts, and they want America to know it.
- Republicans introduced the “Fauci’s Incompetence Requires Early Dismissal” (FIRED) Act.
- It would impose a retroactive 12-year term limit on the NIAID Director, and would force Fauci to step down.
- While the bill very likely won’t pass, it’s a loud and clear statement from unhappy GOP leaders.
Source: Fox News