Greene Wants to Nix Fauci's Salary, Prevent Vax 'Discrimination'

Congresswoman's 'We Will Not Comply Act' would bar businesses from keeping out the unvaccinated
By Jenn Gidman,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 2, 2021 8:03 AM CDT
Greene Wants to Go After Fauci, Vaccine 'Passports'
Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, R-Ga., speaks during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington on Feb. 5, 2021.   (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

GOP Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene hasn't let getting kicked off her House committees slow her down, with the latest item on her to-do list focusing on the concept of vaccine "passports," documentation that would allow Americans to prove they've received the COVID vaccine to businesses and venues as they start to more fully reopen. The Sacramento Bee reports that earlier this week, Greene railed against the idea in a Facebook livestream, calling it "corporate communism" and the "mark of the beast." Now, the Georgia congresswoman has proposed a pair of bills that would not only "prevent discrimination against the unvaccinated," but also go after Dr. Anthony Fauci's paycheck. Forbes reports on the "long-shot" bills, including Greene's "We Will Not Comply Act," which would prohibit businesses from "discriminating against a person based on their COVID-19 vaccine status."

The proposal would also ban curbs on travel for the unvaccinated and prevent public colleges from banning unvaccinated students. It would also allow for lawsuits if someone claims they were discriminated against for either their vaccine status or mask compliance. Forbes notes "opposition from Greene and other Republicans ... to vaccine passports—which would likely come from the private sector—comes despite GOP support for allowing businesses to refuse service to gay people." Meanwhile, Greene's "Fire Fauci Act" would take the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases chief's salary from $434,312 (he's the federal government's highest-paid employee) down to zero "until a new NIAID Administrator is confirmed by the Senate." The Federal Times notes the chances of this bill passing are "essentially nonexistent." Forbes adds that the bill may be unconstitutional, and that the NIAID administrator isn't a Senate-confirmed position. (More Marjorie Taylor Greene stories.)

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