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Sen. Paul Introduces Amendment to Eliminate Fauci’s Position as NIAID Director


Sen. Rand Paul on Monday introduced an amendment that would eliminate Dr. Fauci’s position as the Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. 

The amendment would also decentralize it so that no one person can act as “dictator-in-chief” in the name of public health, Fox News reports

The amendment would reorganize NIAID by breaking it down into three separate institutes – the National Institute of Allergic Diseases, the National Institute of Infectious Diseases and the National Institute of Immunologic Diseases – each with their own director. 

Each director would be appointed by the president and confirmed by the Senate for a five-year term. 

“We’ve learned a lot over the past two years, but one less in particular is that no one person should be deemed ‘dictator-in-chief,’” Paul said in a statement. “No one person should have unilateral authority to make decisions for millions of Americans.” 

“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,” he added. 

“I’ve been a physician for over 33 years,” Paul wrote in a Fox News piece Monday. “In all my years studying and practicing medicine, I had never encountered someone with the gall to proclaim himself ‘the science’ and portray anyone opposing him as ‘attacking science.’ That is, until Dr. Fauci became the COVID dictator-in-chief.” 

“The biggest lesson we have learned over the last two years is that no one person should have this much power,” he wrote. “And my amendment, which will get a vote this week, will finally force accountability and fire Dr. Fauci.”