Paul wants to eliminate Fauci’s current position as the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID). With the amendment he is proposing, Paul aims to turn the position into three separate jobs, according to a release posted to the senator’s website.
In the release, Paul refers to Fauci as “dictator-in-chief.” It goes on to say that “no one person should have unilateral authority to make decisions for millions of Americans.”
he amendment would create three new director positions—one for the National Institute of Allergic Disease, one for the National Institute of Infectious Disease and one for the National Institute of Immunologic Diseases.
Additionally, the Kentucky senator’s amendment would require all three new director positions to be appointed by the president of the United States and confirmed by the U.S. Senate. If confirmed, according to the proposed amendment, those individuals would serve a five-year term.
Paul said that these changes are necessary to create “accountability and oversight.”
“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 said.
The junior senator from Kentucky also spoke on the Senate floor about his amendment, according to Mediaite. To help illustrate his point and need for the amendment, Paul mentioned astronomer and physicist Galileo as an example of what can happen when those in government obtain too much power.
“Advances in science often happen when we question conventional wisdom. History gives us too many examples of what happens when people in power make scientists bend to dogma. At the end of his life, Galileo was kept under lock and key just for telling a scientific truth that people in power – the government – didn’t want to hear,” Paul said.
Paul and Fauci have a well-documented history of public spats.
In January of this year, Fauci accused the senator during a Senate Health Committee hearing on the federal government’s response to the pandemic of profiting politically off attacking him.
“You personally attack me and with absolutely not a shred of evidence of anything you say. So I would like to make something clear to the committee, he’s doing this for political reasons,” Fauci said.
Fauci also told the GOP senator that he was “distorting everything about me.”
During that same hearing, Fauci held up a graphic from Paul’s website with “Fire Dr. Fauci” on it, asking for campaign donations.
In November of 2021, Paul and Fauci got into it again during a Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee hearing as Paul accused Fauci of being involved in the origins of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Fauci denied Paul’s assertion, saying “I have no responsibility.”
During that November hearing, Paul said that Fauci’s denials were a “clear and present danger to the country and the world.”
In July 2021, Paul said that he was going to push for a criminal investigation into Fauci during a Senate hearing. He accused the doctor of lying to Congress about the funding of a lab in China which some have linked back to the pandemic.
Fauci shot back that Paul did not know what he was talking about.