Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) introduced an amendment Monday to remove Dr. Anthony Fauci as National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) director by eliminating the position altogether.
Paul said his intention is to break the NIAID into three separate institutions so that no single individual can act as “dictator-in-chief.” The junior senator from Kentucky added, “no one person should have unilateral authority to make decisions for millions of Americans.” (RELATED: Fauci Demands Fox News Fire Star ‘On the Spot’)
According to Paul, these new institutes would combined carry out NIAID’s current mission: researching infectious, immunologic and allergic diseases. Each would be led by a term-limited presidential appointee approved by the Senate.
One of Paul’s biggest frustrations during the pandemic has centered on Fauci’s ability to influence the federal government’s COVID-19 response. (RELATED: Fauci Agency COVID Records Reveal New Information About NIH Research Into the Coronavirus)
As The Washington Times reports:
“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,” Mr. Paul wrote.
The senator took particular exception to Dr. Fauci and other officials pushing cloth masks, despite later research showing they weren’t very effective, and restrictions on businesses and schools.
Paul also underscored the devastating consequences of school closures and remote learning on children in a Fox News op-ed:
All across the country, millions of kids haven’t experienced a normal school day since the beginning of 2020. Whether it be virtual learning, having to wear masks all day, being separated by plexiglass, mandatory vaccinations, weekly or daily testing, canceled extracurricular activities, sports, and events, nothing is normal and it’s scarring our children.
According to the CDC, between March and October 2020, hospital emergency department volume for mental health visits for kids ages 12 to 17 increased 31% compared to the same period the year before. We also saw a 24% increase for ages 5 to 11 over the same time period.
Paul told Fox News he believes he can force a vote on the amendment this week. (RELATED: Project Veritas Exposé Contradicts Fauci’s Testimony)