Republican lawmakers are demanding that top U.S. immunologist Dr. Anthony Fauci be fired from his post, with one taking a unique tack.
Rep. Warren Davidson (R-OH) on Tuesday proposed the “FIRED Act,” which stands for “Fauci Incompetence Requires Early Dismissal.”
“Dr. Fauci represents everything that President Eisenhower warned us about in his farewell address: the scientific-technical elite steering the country toward their own ends. Americans have had decades of Dr. Fauci’s leadership, and he publicly failed to respond appropriately to the COVID-19 pandemic. It is time for him to step aside so that new leadership can ‘follow the science’ and start reopening America,” Davidson said in a statement.
Davidson’s bill sets a 12-year term limit for appointees serving in the capacity of the Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, which Fauci has held since 1984.
“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,” Davidson said.
“Under Dr. Fauci’s guidance, Americans have lost confidence in the National Institutes of Health and the Centers for Disease Control, leading to confusion and serious government overreach that has threatened Americans’ livelihoods and freedoms. Despite successful treatment therapies, a historic vaccination development, and decreasing cases, Dr. Fauci has continued to advise healthy, low-risk Americans to continue to act as if the pandemic were out of control—after overseeing nearly a year of draconian public health policies that have decimated the U.S. economy.”
Rep. Guy Reschenthaler (R-PA) also called for Fauci to be “fired immediately.”
“He has been wrong, intentionally deceptive, and inconsistent throughout this entire pandemic,” Reschenthaler said. “A few examples of Fauci’s failures include: claiming there was very little risk to Americans in January of 2020, opposing President Trump’s China travel ban then crediting it with saving lives, and wrongly predicting an explosion of cases in Texas after Gov. [Greg] Abbott lifted the state mask mandates.”
“It is long past time for Dr. Fauci to stop talking to the American public. Fauci should resign or be fired immediately,” he said.
Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases who served on former President Donald Trump’s White House Coronavirus Task Force and is now President Joe Biden’s chief medical adviser on COVID-19, appeared before a congressional budget committee on Tuesday. He defended allocating $600,000 to a group called EcoHealth Alliance, which then paid the Wuhan Institute of Virology to study the risk that bat coronaviruses could mutate and infect humans.
Republicans on the House Intelligence Committee last week claimed that “significant circumstantial evidence” exists showing COVID-19 first emerged from a leak at China’s lab.
“International efforts to discover the true source of the virus, however, have been stymied by a lack of cooperation from the People’s Republic of China,” they wrote in the report. “Nevertheless, significant circumstantial evidence raises serious concerns that the COVID-19 outbreak may have been a leak from the Wuhan Institute of Virology.”