Republicans Propose Bill to Fire Fauci for 'Incompetence'
'Few people have earned their termination more visibly'
A group of House Republicans is poised to introduce a new bill to fire top U.S. epidemiologist Anthony Fauci as frustrations grow with leading Biden health officials.
The bill, titled Fauci's Incompetence Requires Early Dismissal (FIRED) Act, is led by Rep. Warren Davidson, R-Ohio.
Its co-sponsors include Reps. Chip Roy, R-Texas, Andy Biggs, R-Ariz., and Ralph Norman, R-S.C.
"Few people have earned their termination more visibly," Davidson said in a statement to Fox News.
"His excessively long tenure is emblematic of Eisenhower's farewell address caution against scientific-technical elite steering the country for their own ends -- at odds with truth and the national interest."
The bill would set a retroactive 12-year term limit on the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID).
Fauci held the position since 1984, so he would be forced out of his job if the bill is passed.
But the prospect of the bill being passed into law is pretty remote.
The Biden administration defended Fauci and his role.
Counselor to President Jeff Zients, when the administration recommended a pause on the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, said the White House is letting "science agencies to lead with science" because political White House officials "bring nothing to the table."
But the bill underlines a deeper frustration with Fauci and other Biden administration health officials.
Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine blasted the CDC Director Rochelle Walensky on Tuesday during a hearing, saying that she's lost respect for the agency.
"I used to have the utmost respect for the guidance from the CDC. I always considered the CDC to be the gold standard. I don’t anymore," Collins said.
"The conflicting, confusing guidance from your agency has undermined public confidence and contradicts the scientific guidance of many experts."
Collins noted a New York Post report that the CDC worked with a teachers union to formulate guidance on returning to schools and requirements on mask-wearing for children at summer camps.
Walensky said the CDC "engages with stakeholders, with consumers who use our guidance before it is finalized to make sure it addresses their needs."
The news comes as Florida's Republican governor, Ron DeSantis filed a massive lawsuit against the CDC for economic damage caused to the state's businesses due to pandemic-related lockdowns.
Gov. DeSantis is suing the CDC in federal court in a case that would hold the federal health body accountable for financial hardships put onto Americans through shutdown orders.