Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) introduced legislation that would have removed Dr. Anthony Fauci as director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), on Monday.
According to Breitbart News this came as a response to Fauci’s treatment of his position in light of the coronavirus pandemic over the last several years.
Included in his plan was an amendment that would have broken up the agency that he headed and replaced it with three new institutes, the National Institute of Allergic Disease, the National Institute of Infectious Diseases, and the National Institute of Immunologic Diseases.
“Each of these three institutes will be led by a director who is appointed by the president and confirmed by the Senate for a 5-year term,” Paul said in his press release.
He added that this would be consistent with NIAID’s mission statement, which asserts that the organization “conducts and supports basic and applied research to better understand, treat, and ultimately prevent infectious, immunologic, and allergic diseases.”
“We’ve learned a lot over the past two years, but one lesson in particular is that no one person should be deemed ‘dictator-in-chief,'” Paul, an unashamed critic of Fauci, said in a statement.
“No one person should have unilateral authority to make decisions for millions of Americans,” he continued:
To ensure that ineffective, unscientific lockdowns and mandates are never foisted on the American people ever again, I’ve introduced this amendment to eliminate Dr. Anthony Fauci’s position as Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, and divide his power 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.
Paul, also a doctor himself, addressed his amendment on Jesse Watters Primetime; Paul deemed Fauci a “petty tyrant” and added that it is “long past time that we remove him from government.”