FIRED Act aims to remove Fauci from longstanding position as NIAID director

Top Biden administration health adviser Dr. Anthony Fauci has become a household name throughout the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

Amid criticism that he has been arrogant and occasionally wrong in his decrees, however, U.S. Rep. Warren Davidson (R-OH) has introduced a bill that would force him out of his influential role as the long-serving director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, Breitbart reports.

“Before, on, or after”

The proposal would reportedly enact a retroactive 12-year limit for the position, effectively ending Fauci’s term.

As is often the case, the “Fauci’s Incompetence Requires Early Dismissal” Act neatly sums up its intent in its acronym: the FIRED Act.

Using barely more than a single page, the bill simply states that “an individual may not occupy the position of the Director of National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases for more than 12 years.”

If successful, the legislation would be applicable to anybody appointed as director “before, on, or after” its enactment.

Reps. Andy Biggs (R-AZ), Ralph Norman (R-SC), and Chip Roy (R-TX) also signed on as cosponsors of the bill.

“As if the pandemic were out of control”

After having served as the institute’s director since 1984, Fauci would have been removed from the position three times over if the term limit had been in place.

In a press release, Davidson made it clear that his intention was to impose additional accountability on unelected bureaucrats.¬†Under Fauci’s direction, the lawmaker claimed that a growing number of Americans have “lost confidence” in the institute.

“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,” Davidson’s statement added.

He went on to assert that Fauci “publicly failed to respond appropriately to the COVID-19 pandemic” and the time has come “for him to step aside so that new leadership can ‘follow the science’ and start reopening America.”

Although it is unlikely the measure will gain traction in the Democratic-led House, it should serve as a symbolic sign that elected officials hope to restore trust and accountability to the bureaucratic state.

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