Dr. Anthony Fauci directed the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) from 1984 to 2022. Now, Sen. Rand Paul and Rep. Chip Roy are taking a hammer to it: on Thursday, they introduced legislation in both chambers that would eliminate NIAID.
The legislation introduced in both chambers, the NIH Reform Act, would turn NIAID into three separate national research institutes, the National Institute of Allergic Diseases, the National Institute of Infectious Diseases, and the National Institute of Immunologic Diseases. Under the bill, each will be headed by a different director that the Senate must confirm. Further, each director is limited to a maximum of two five-year terms. Such a bill would, hopefully, prevent someone like Fauci from remaining in power for so long.
The Senate bill already has Sen. Mike Lee, Sen. Marsha Blackburn, Sen. Mike Braun, and Sen. Josh Hawley as cosponsors, as reported by The Daily Caller. The Daily Caller also reported that Sen. Rand Paul, describing the legislation, said:
“We’ve learned a lot over the past few years, but one lesson in particular is that no one person should be deemed ‘dictator-in-chief.’ No one person should have unilateral authority to make decisions for millions of Americans.
“To ensure that ineffective, unscientific lockdowns and mandates are never foisted on the American people ever again, I’ve introduced this bill to eliminate Dr. Anthony Fauci’s previous position as Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and divide the role into three separate new institutes. This will create accountability and oversight into a taxpayer funded position that has largely abused its power and has been responsible for many failures and misinformation during the COVID-19 pandemic.”
Further, the Daily Caller also reports that Rep. Chip Roy, the congressman behind introducing the bill to the House of Representatives, said:
“From the earliest days of the pandemic, unaccountable public health bureaucracies proved themselves far more adept at ruining lives than saving them. Never again should a single individual, like Dr. Anthony Fauci, wield unchecked power and influence over the lives of the American people.
“Breaking up Dr. Fauci’s taxpayer funded bully pulpit into three separate agencies — and requiring Senate confirmation for all their future directors — is one of many actions necessary to allow the American people to hold public health agencies accountable.”
Rep. Roy floated the idea of charges against Dr. Fauci in the summer of 2021, telling Todd Starnes:
As a former federal prosecutor, I like to dive into this stuff with that mindset before I make an allegation of criminal activity, but here’s what I would say: We know that this arrogant son of a you-know-what has been destroying this country for the better part of 14 months, and the media and social media giants that are putting a two-year ban on [Trump], they are now having to back away from all their limitations and restrictions when any of us said, “Hey, hold on, this virus very likely came out of a lab in Wuhan, how did it come out of there?”
This has been the best example you could have of what happens when you fund federal bureaucrats to go in and make decisions on our behalf, and step in with the power that they have. Think about the power of Anthony Fauci and what he’s done. 100,000 businesses closed, destroyed lives, children wearing masks, mental stuff up, people who couldn’t get cancer screenings. We have literally wrecked the greatest economy in the history of the world because Anthony Fauci wanted to be on the cover of magazines and be in at the cocktail scene circuit in D.C. We’ll go follow the truth wherever it may lead and if that’s criminal investigations, so be it.
Fauci Image credit: By The White House from Washington, DC – White House Coronavirus Update Briefing, Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=89328670
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