BREAKING NEWS: GOP Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene introduces bill to slash Fauci’s $400,000 salary to $0 until he is replaced and to ban vaccine passports
- Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene said Thursday she is introducing two bills related to the COVID-19 pandemic
- The first aims at stripping Dr. Anthony Fauci of his $400,000-plus salary, while the second will ‘prevent discrimination against the unvaccinated’
- The ‘Fire Fauci Act’ says Fauci’s salary would be decreased to $0 until the Senate confirms someone new in his job
- The bill wouldn’t be able to remove Fauci from his job because he’s not a political appointee and thus doesn’t need Senate confirmation
- Greene’s ‘We Will Not Comply Act’ would force airlines to take unvaccinated passengers and allow anti-vaxxers and anti-maskers to sue
Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene said Thursday she is introducing two bills related to the COVID-19 pandemic with the aim of stripping Dr. Anthony Fauci of his government salary and banning so-called vaccine passports.
In a press release Greene tweeted, the controversial Georgia Republican said her ‘Fire Fauci Act’ would decrease ‘Dr. Always Wrong’s’ pay to $0 and the ‘We Will Not Comply Act’ will ‘prevent discrimination against the unvaccinated.’
Greene said her goal was to have Fauci remain unpaid until the Senate can confirm a new director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases – except Fauci isn’t a political appointee, he’s a career civil servant – and so the bill wouldn’t work.
Dr. Anthony Fauci (left) is being targeted by legislation Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (right) said Thursday she was introducing
In a press release, Greene outlined her plans for both bills. The Fauci bill wouldn’t actually have the power to remove Fauci from his role
High-level presidential political appointees need Senate confirmation.
But in Fauci’s case, he’s a career civil servant who’s held his job since the Reagan administration, advising presidents of both parties.
When former President Donald Trump suggested to a Miami campaign rally crowd in November that he might fire Fauci after the election, experts pointed to federal laws that would prevent him from directly making the move.
‘There are civil service protections for career federal employees that prevent them from being removed or demoted for political reasons,’ Max Stier, president and CEO of Partnership for Public Service, told CNN in July, when tensions between Fauci and Trump were already apparent.
Trump could have pressured Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar, a political appointee, to get rid of Fauci – but there’s a process Fauci could pursue to stay in his job.
Greene was correct in noting that Fauci is the highest paid government official, currently making $434,312, according to her office.
Salary data from 2019 said Fauci was making $417,608.
The second piece of legislation Greene said she is pursuing would prevent businesses engaged in interstate commerce from discriminating against people based on their vaccination status.
It would also cut off federal funding to enforce vaccine mandates.
It would allow individuals who have been discriminated against due to their anti-vax status to sue.
Greene’s legislation would also allow anti-maskers to sue.
It would also prevent the U.S. government from requiring a vaccine to acquire a passport.
And prevent airlines and colleges from denying a person access due to vaccine status.
With the Democrats in majority and only a handful of Republicans leaning into the GOP’s emerging anti-vaxxer base, the bill will go nowhere.
On Twitter users pointed out that both bills could be April Fools’ jokes.
Greene has time on her hands to create headlines.
In early February, the freshman lawmaker was stripped of her committee assignments by the House Democratic majority due to controversial statements she made on social media and ideas she’s expressed.
Greene indicated support on Facebook for assassinating House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. She also has prescribed to the QAnon conspiracy theory – and expressed doubt on the legitimacy of school shootings and the 9/11 terror attacks.
Since February, Greene has kept busy by making motions to adjourn prior to votes on bills she disapproves of.
This has delayed the process sometimes by several hours.
On Tuesday she visited Mar-a-Lago to meet with former President Donald Trump, where they expressed mutual affection for each other.
While Trump ridiculed mask-wearing, he’s touted and taken credit for the swift developments of the three COVID-19 vaccines.
However, he also quietly got the vaccine before leaving office – instead of taking the shot publicly as part of the other ex-presidents’ broader campaign to thwart vaccine hesitancy.