According to the Washington Examiner, Rep. Thomas Massie (R-KY) has signed onto fellow GOP Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene’s “Fire Fauci Act,” which seeks to revoke the salary of White House coronavirus adviser and National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) director Dr. Anthony Fauci until he is summarily dismissed.
Greene (GA) first introduced the bill Thursday alongside another measure designed to ban the utilization of so-called “vaccine passports,” The Hill reported.
Now, Massie, a libertarian-leaning Republican, has signaled that he’ll co-sponsor the measure to oust Fauci, saying in a tweet that “the fact that Fauci was ever paid with tax-payer money is an embarrassment to the United States of America.”
Thank you for introducing this bill! The fact that Fauci was ever paid with tax-payer money is an embarrassment to the United States of America. https://t.co/6iazaEofNC
— Thomas Massie (@RepThomasMassie) April 2, 2021
“It is your duty”
The Republicans’ bill would cut Fauci’s salary down to $0 until he either resigns or is replaced.
That’s down from the doctor’s current salary of $417,608 in 2019, making him “the highest-paid employee in the federal government,” the Examiner reports.
The NIAID director has taken flak from many, including Massie, for his often conflicting advice on how to steer clear of the coronavirus.
“Once you realize the personal ethical standards of policy makers like Dr. Fauci and many of those at the CDC lead them to comfortably misrepresent scientific data in order to achieve public policy goals, it is not just your prerogative to question their ‘science,’ it is your duty,” Massie said in a later tweet, according to the Examiner.
The future for Fauci
According to The Hill, Fauci has also “clashed” with the likes of Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) and other top Republicans like former President Donald Trump. Still, it remains unlikely that Greene’s measure will pass the Democrat-controlled House or Senate.
But that doesn’t change the fact that Fauci has all but lost the trust of the American people with his response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Americans looked to Dr. Fauci to be a nonpartisan actor who would provide sound scientific insight on the coronavirus. But what they got was an arguable politician who has done irreparable damage to the nation’s public health institutions with his constant contradictions.
Maybe it is time for a staffing change in Washington.