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Rand Paul: ‘Dr. Fauci needs to put up or shut up’

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Kentucky Republican Sen. Rand Paul’s ongoing mask feud with Infectious Disease Expert Dr. Anthony Fauci continued on Fox News Tuesday.

Paul spoke with host Neil Cavuto to talk about his recent exchanges with Dr. Fauci regarding forcing people to wear face masks after they have received the coronavirus vaccine.

“If the government is going to tell you can’t go anywhere unless you’re wearing a mask, they should tell you why and they should present the evidence,” Paul said.

Paul is asking the government to provide evidence that those who have been infected with the coronavirus or those that have been vaccinated are still transmitting the disease.

Paul went on to describe Fauci’s approach to masks as “emotionalism and fear-mongering.”

“Dr. Fauci needs to put up or shut up,” Paul told Cavuto. “He needs to show us the scientific evidence that it’s a problem after you’ve been vaccinated or after you’ve already got the disease naturally.”

Paul said the choice to wear a mask or not to wear a mask should be left to the individual.

“I’m unequivocally for freedom, for a free society. Each individual would make their own decisions,” he said, adding that those with increased health risks may prefer to continue wearing masks.

Paul explained that if Fauci presented evidence proving that vaccinations or prior infection were not effective against new virus variants, he would reassess his stance on masks.

“But so far all he’s telling me is his opinion,” Paul said. “Really their opinion is, look, they had another one of these vaccine doctors on television, he was like, ‘Oh, it’s about civility.’ Civility is not science. For goodness sakes, show us some evidence to back up these mandates.”

Cavuto asked Paul if he has continued to follow the mask mandate after receiving the vaccination.

“We do what we’re forced to do to live in Dr. Fauci’s world,” Paul said.

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TN Republican introduces legislation to fight opioid shipments into U.S.

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Tennessee Republican Representative Diana Harshbarger is attempting to fight the opioid crisis and epidemic through new legislation. Introduced Friday, Harshbarger told the Daily Caller:

The Daily Caller first obtained a copy of the legislation, which addresses what Harshbarger calls a “loophole.” The legislation amends the Controlled Substances Act to specifically require registrants to investigate reports of suspicious orders of controlled substances and halt them if necessary. Under the version of the act currently in force, drug manufacturers and distributors are only required to report suspicious orders of opioids and other controlled substances to the DEA.

“Breaking the opioid epidemic’s stranglehold on our nation is one of my foremost priorities. In an effort to do so, my colleagues and I have identified a loophole that allows distributors to continue order fulfillment, even under suspicious circumstances.”

“My bill closes that loophole with the requirements and guardrails needed to ensure these addictive and potentially dangerous drugs do not fall into the wrong hands while the DEA investigates. The future of our nation depends on us solving the addiction crisis, and this is a step towards that outcome” Harshbarger continued.

The Daily Caller reports:

According to a congressional report released in September, the opioid crisis cost the U.S. $1.5 trillion during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The CDC says 93,331 people died from overdoses in the U.S. in 2020, the highest in 50 years. Opioid-related deaths made up nearly three-quarters of the total.

Pharmaceutical companies have been blamed for contributing to the opioid epidemic. The Department of Justice is currently suing the pharmaceutical company AmerisourceBergen over allegations the company failed to report suspicious orders of opioids to federal law enforcement.

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