Republican Kansas Sen. Roger Marshall is looking to introduce legislation named after White House chief medical advisor Dr. Anthony Fauci. Marshall named the act such after the top doctor made headlines for calling Marshall “a moron” on a hot mic last week.
The bill proposed by Marshall, which will be called the Financial Accountability for Uniquely Compensated Individuals (FAUCI) Act, will require that the Office of Government Ethics (OGE) provide a list of all the confidential filers within the government whose financial disclosures are not already public.
Marshall’s bill comes after newly-released records have uncovered that Fauci and his wife had $10.4 million in investments at the close of 2020.
Fauci and Marshall went back and forth last week on Capitol Hill when the senator questioned Fauci’s financial interests. Marshall cited, in a letter to Fauci, a New York Post article in which a Fauci spokesperson could not produce the disclosures that Fauci said were available to the public.
A Forbes article then reported that Fauci’s salary, stock, bond purchases, and royalty payments for both this year and last year are not publicly available.
“As the highest-paid employee in the entire federal government,” Marshall asked, “yes or no, would you be willing to submit to Congress and the public a financial disclosure that includes your past and current investments?”
Fauci replied, “I don’t understand why you’re asking me that question. My financial disclosure is public knowledge and has been so for the last 37 years or so, 35 years.” After the two exchanged remarks, Fauci’s mic picked up him saying, “What a moron, Jesus Christ!”
In an earlier statement handed to Fox News in relation to the conflict between Marshall and Fauci, the NIAID said, “Dr. Fauci and all directors of NIH Institutes and Centers are public report filers due to the responsibilities of their positions pursuant to the last criteria listed in 5 CFR 2634.202(c): ‘and each officer or employee in any other position determined by the Director of the Office of Government Ethics to be of equal classification.’”
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