Kentucky Rep. Thomas Massie will co-sponsor a bill that would cut Dr. Anthony Fauci’s pay to zero until he is replaced as the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases.
“The fact that Fauci was ever paid with tax-payer money is an embarrassment to the United States of America,” the Kentucky Republican tweeted in response to Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, the sponsor of the bill.
Fauci’s 2019 salary of $417,608 made him the highest-paid employee in the federal government. The base salary of the president of the United States is $400,000 — however, additional nontaxable compensation accounts for expenses, entertainment, and travel are provided by Congress.
Massie has been a frequent critic of the policies implemented during the COVID-19 pandemic and accused the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention of “ lying about the efficacy of the vaccine” for those who have already been infected.
“Once you realize the personal ethical standards of policy makers like Dr Fauci and many of those at the CDC lead them to comfortably misrepresent scientific data in order to achieve public policy goals, it is not just your prerogative to question their ‘science,’ it is your duty,” Massie wrote on Twitter after Fauci said it was “possible” people would still be wearing masks in 2022.
Massie, who contracted and recovered from COVID-19 last year, said he would not be taking the vaccine and would rely on the “natural immunity” provided by antibodies. The congressman called the idea of a vaccine passport an “anathema” in a radio interview, comparing it to policies of Germany in the 1930s and 1940s.
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