Six Republicans opposed Sen. Rand Paul’s amendment to break up the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID).
Paul hoped to break the NIAID into three institutes with more government oversight.
The amendment would have eliminated Dr. Anthony Fauci’s position as well. (RELATED: Rand Paul Introduces Amendment to Eliminate Fauci’s Position)
In a Fox News op-ed, Paul wrote that “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.”
Unfortunately, for Paul, only 85% of Senate Republicans stood behind him.
The Daily Wire has more on yesterday’s vote:
Republican Senators Richard Burr of North Carolina, Susan Collins of Maine, Bill Cassidy of Louisiana, Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, Mitt Romney of Utah, and Jerry Moran of Kansas each voted against the amendment.
The senators did not immediately respond to The Daily Wire’s requests for comment.
“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,’” said Paul when he introduced the amendment Monday, adding, “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,” the senator continued.
Paul’s attempt to remove Fauci as “dictator-in-chief,” as the senator calls him, was the latest escalation in the feud between the two men. (RELATED: Senators Change Tack to ‘Oppose Tyranny’ and Defund Vaccine Mandates)
Although many Republicans have wanted to simply oust Fauci, even Donald Trump as president couldn’t have fired him because of his status a federal employee. (RELATED: Fauci Cleared of Hatch Act Violation Days Before 2020 Election)
So, what do you think? Should the GOP try again to remove Fauci if they take back the Senate and House majorities in this year’s midterms? Tell us in the comments below!