House Republicans, led by Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene of Georgia, introduced the ‘Fire Fauci Act’ on Tuesday.
The legislation would remove Dr. Anthony Fauci as director of the National Institute for Allergy and Infectious Diseases over his handling of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The bill would reduce Fauci’s salary to zero dollars and require the Senate to confirm someone else to fill his position, Greene, R-Ga., said at a news conference.
“You see, Dr. Fauci was not elected by the American people. He was not chosen to guide our economy. He was not chosen to rule over parents and their children’s education. But yet Dr. Fauci very much controlled our lives for the past year,” she said.
Fauci was appointed as director of the National Institute for Allergy and Infectious Diseases in 1984 and was tapped by President Joe Biden to serve as his chief medical adviser amid the pandemic in December.
The bill is not expected to receive a floor vote in the Democratically-controlled House.
In recent months, conservatives have taken aim at Fauci, accusing him of misleading Americans and providing contradictory advice on masks and social distancing.
Greene pointed to a series of Fauci emails that Republicans seized on to argue that he misled Americans and initially dismissed the idea that Covid-19 may have originated in a Chinese laboratory.
“It’s time to fire Dr. Anthony Fauci and give answers to the American people,” she said.
The White House defended Fauci this month after the emails surfaced, calling him “an undeniable asset” in the pandemic response.
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