House Republicans introduced new legislation on Wednesday, May 12, to effectively fire top U.S. epidemiologist Anthony Fauci from the director's post.
The Fauci's Incompetence Requires Early Dismissal (FIRED) Act. was authored by Rep. Warren Davidson (R-Ohio), co-sponsored by Reps. Chip Roy (R-Texas), Andy Biggs (R-Ariz.), and Ralph Norman (R-S.C). It will set new restrictions on appointees to direct the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), which, if enacted, would be an absolute termination of Fauci from his position.
The bill reduces the term of the NIAID director post down to 12 years; Fauci has occupied the position since 1984. During President Donald Trump and Joe Biden's presidency, he has served as White House director and adviser on COVID-19, which has displeased many due to his endorsement of lockdowns and public mandates.