Georgia Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R) on Thursday put forward a pair of bills that would lower Dr. Anthony Fauci‘s salary to 0$ and outlaw vaccine passports, though neither having a serious chance of passing.
In a Thursday press release, the controversial congresswoman slammed Fauci—the nation’s top infectious disease official—and proposed the “Fire Fauci Act”. The bill would cut Fauci’s salary down to $0 “until a new NIAID [National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases] Administrator is confirmed by the Senate” and launch an investigation to find out “what Fauci and the NIAID knew, when they knew it, what they spent money on and how the agency responded to the virus.”
However, the NIAID director’s appointment is not subject to Senate confirmation, as Politico‘s Andrew Desiderio and others pointed out. Even if the bill is passed, it is unclear if such a pay cut could be authorized, according to The Hill.
The second proposed bill, the “We Will Not Comply Act,” would “ban” vaccine passports—documents that verify one’s COVID-19 vaccination status—by prohibiting businesses engaging in interstate commerce from “discriminating against a person based on their COVID-19 vaccine status”. Among other proposals, it would also allow people to sue businesses with such a requirement.
Neither of Greene’s bills, however, are expected to pass—with Democrats in control of the House.
Like Greene, other Republican lawmakers have blasted Fauci for what they see as missteps during the pandemic’s early stages, as well as for claims of inconsistency and political bias.
As for vaccine passports, many GOP governors have slammed the concept—with Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, for example, pushing for his state to ban any requirement for such passports.
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Democratic Rep. Ilhan Omar kicked off House Foreign Affairs Committee
Democratic Rep. Ilhan Omar was voted off the House Foreign Affairs Committee Thursday. The action was expected, as Republican members of Congress had criticized Omar’s antisemetic and anti-American rhetoric.
After intense debating on the House floor, the resolution passed with a 218-211 vote. Democrats attempted to pull the race card, accusing Republican House members of racism for removing Omar from the committee.
Omar also accused House Republicans of racism, saying, “I am Muslim, I am an immigrant, and interestingly, from Africa…Is anyone surprised that I am being targeted? Is anyone surprised that I am somehow deemed unworthy to speak about American foreign policy, or that they see me as a powerful voice that needs to be silenced?”
“There is this idea that you are a suspect if you are an immigrant or if you are from certain parts of the world or certain skin tone or a muslim.” Omar said during the heated debate. A fiery Alexandria Ocasia Cortez also chimed in shouting, “This is an attack on women of color!”
Republican Rep. Nicole Malliotakis, from New York, said she had personally witnessed Omar spew anti-American rhetoric. Malliotakis said, “I have been in that committee room where, the representative, equates Israel and the United States to Hamas and the Taliban. Absolutely unacceptable for a member of that committee.”
A four-page resolution was written for the justification of removing Omar from the house Foreign Affairs Committee. The resolution states that in 2019, Omar suggested that Jewish people were buying U.S. political support when she posted on Twitter, “it’s all about the Benjamins, baby.”
Omar also commented on the September 11th attacks saying, “some people did something.” This type of comment is unacceptable for any representative who is sitting on the House Foreign Affairs Committee, lawmakers said.
In the resolution it states that members of this committee should all be held to an “equal standard of conduct due to the international sensitivities and national security concerns under the jurisdiction of this committee.”
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