Murkowski joins six GOP senators opposing elimination of Dr. Anthony Fauci’s job as head of NIAID

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Six Republican senators — including Sen. Lisa Murkowski — voted against an amendment on Tuesday that would have eliminated the position of director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, a job currently held by Dr. Anthony Fauci.

Kentucky Republican Sen. Rand Paul made the amendment that would replace NIAID with a trio of national research institutes.

In addition to a “no” vote from Murkowski, Republican Senators Richard Burr-N.C., Susan Collins-Maine, Bill Cassidy-La., Mitt Romney-Utah, and Jerry Moran-Kansas voted no.

Sen. Paul has been on a mission to get rid of Fauci, who has been the leading national expert on Covid-19 pandemic policy since he served in the Trump White House. He was retained under President Joe Biden and is deeply distrusted by conservatives.

Fauci has called for mask mandates, vaccine mandates, economic shutdowns, and the closing of schools due to the pandemic. At the same time, he was spotted mask-free at various public events and his pronouncements have been questioned by other experts.

“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.’ No one person should have unilateral authority to make decisions for millions of Americans,” said Sen. Paul, who is an eye surgeon. “To ensure that ineffective, unscientific lockdowns and mandates are never foisted on the American people ever again, I’ve introduced this amendment to eliminate Dr. Anthony Fauci’s position as Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, and divide his power into three separate new institutes. 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.”

Paul noted that as recently as 2012, Congress passed a law that eliminated the National Center for Research Resources and reassigned some of its programs to a new National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences, and assigned other NCRR functions to other institutes within NIH. His amendment follows that precedent of reorganization, and would immediately eliminate Dr. Fauci’s position and replace it with three new directors for:

  1. National Institute of Allergic Diseases
  2. National Institute of Infectious Diseases
  3. National Institute of Immunologic Diseases

Each of these three institutes would be led by a director who is appointed by the president and confirmed by the Senate for a 5-year term. 

You can read the amendment, which failed, at this link.

39 COMMENTS

  1. No surprise, wouldn’t expect anything less from lisa. I pray she is replaced in November. Sure doesn’t represent me.

  2. Princess sticks and extended middle finger in the face of Alaska and yet she gets re-elected.

    Only thing worse than an Alaska Democrat is an Alaska Republican.

  3. Replacing one position with three seems counter to what a fiscal, small government conservative should be pushing. Strange times we live in.

  4. Surprise Surprise! Lisa votes with the dumb, err, deep state once again in an obvious attempt to shore up her Beltway bona fides by voting to protect Herr Fauci, master of double speak and patron saint of Beagle dogs.
    Had enough yet? I have, I’m voting for anyone not named LISA…

  5. I am retired and have plenty of time to do my part in getting her out of office. What a piece of work she is. To see her lose will be a great day.

    • Frank, what did that old Barron once say, something about how power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely? I would suggest that you enlarge your thinking here Frank. Fauci has been a long running Train wreck, we need to ensure that this won’t happen again.

  6. Fauci has been a complete failure during the Covid panic. He has been implicated in illegal gain of function research in Communist China & is probably involved with funding biolabs in the Ukraine. Fauci should not only be stripped of his current position in the NIH, but should also be federally prosecuted for crimes against humanity. It is very telling that Murkowski, Romney, Collins, et al are fighting to keep Fauci in power!

  7. Anyone seen Fauci lately, or is he still on special assignment with DEVGRU, securing those (nothing to see here) Ukrainian “research facilities”– cough-cough. 🙂

    Note who’s on that list with LISA, good old MITT, he’s also embroiled in quite a spat with Tulsi Gabbard right now,.

    ‘https://rumble.com/vxedvi-romney-must-apologize-and-resign-for-his-slanderous-accusations.html?mref=6zof&mc=dgip3&utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Tulsi+Gabbard&ep=2

  8. What else would you expect of her?
    As for Fauci; he should be facing far more than being fired. He is a criminal who has cost the lives and livelihoods of countless Americans and he should pay dearly.

    • Yes, his recent silence speaks volumes– they’ve put him back in the toy-chest until the mid-terms are over.

  9. I like Senator Paul’s idea. Also there is no reason someone should be in that position for as long as he has. The best reason to rid Fauci, besides the fact that he lies, is that he has been waiting for a pandemic like this for his entire career yet he was not prepared for this Covid.

    • Not all. Senator Ron Johnson has been fantastic for exposing the dangers of the the jab.
      Rep. Chip Roy has been good too.

  10. Not surprised!
    Whoever is funding her campaign has the control over her.
    We all know majority of funds are from outside of Alaska. That should tell Alaskans who she’s really working for.

    • Look into George Soros and the global cabal. If Murkowski walks like a duck and talks like a duck, she is being fed/led by the globalist ducks. One word perfectly describes the witch…….TRAITOR.

  11. Once Again(!) … Daddy’s Little Princess shows her true colors.
    Supporting Murkowski simply defies reason, logic, or common sense.

  12. I pray that when Alaska’s (?) senator comes home she wears a mask at all times. To protect us all from whatever gnawing thing that has consumed her awareness of those she is supposed to represent.

  13. Gov. DeSantis credibly said Fauci is in the federal witness protection program because “they” don’t want to hear from him ever again on anything. Fauci has already said so much that implications of his cohorts are exposed. The agencies Fauci represents I don’t believe have the US Constitutional authority delegated to them by expressed authority that it was believed they had earier on. Reducing the size of government would be best at this time.

  14. Lisa is part of the Swamp and therefore protects a fellow swamp creature. Ol’ flip flop Fauci is a puppet for the deep state and Globalists. He is not a real “doctor,” he’s a paid for propagandist.

  15. Sad thing is he will never be held accountable for the vast damage he did to this country.

    He belongs in prison, not retired with a pension.

  16. 3 of those senators are not seeking or may not seek reelection. Good riddance. Now we must end the jungle primary and ranked choice voting.

  17. Meanwhile, while Ukraine’s citizens fight for their very lives, Murkowski asks Biden how we can send them canned humpy……

  18. I listened in to almost all of Dr. Zink’s Alaska DH&SS Echo sessions over the past two years and I cannot name one topic, issue, research report or notion in which DH&SS disagreed or took issue with anything supported by Fauci. Can you? Dunleavy’s DH&SS has been in sync with Fauci for two years; so why call out Murkowski without calling out the commissioner and extensive medical staff of Alaska DH&SS? As for myself, there are lots of touchy-feelie ideas at DH&SS with which I disagree, and for those ideas and issues I am ashamed those people are in Alaska (!) but so far as Covid I think they followed the science wherever it led. Alaska DH&SS is blatantly anti-Second Amendment and they are even worse (sometimes) than are municipal governments in Anchorage and Juneau so far as buying into the cancel culture. I think they were honest brokers so far as Covid.

    • Liberal, I’m looking at my calendar and notice its only 3/17. We’re a couple weeks out from April Fools day.

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