Democratic Congressman Says Ben Quayle Took His Bill and Put His Own Name on it

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Congressman Ben Quayle
With the blessing of the Obama administration, Republican congressmen are proud to announce the parts they contributed to the GOP's Jumpstart Our Business Startups (JOBS) Act, including Arizona Congressmen Ben Quayle and David Schweikert.

Problem is, a Democratic congressman from Connecticut says a bill in the package with Quayle's name stamped on it is actually his bill.

Congressman Jim Himes says Quayle's "Capital Expansion Act" is "nearly an exact replica" of his bill that would allow smaller banks to avoid registering with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

"The Republican replacement, sponsored by Congressman Ben Quayle (AZ-3), was dropped [February 24]," Himes' office says. "Despite Quayle's newfound interest in financial services legislation, he is not a cosponsor of the Himes bill."

In a statement from his office, Himes says it's "disappointing that Republicans have once again resorted to petty gamesmanship.

"While it's unfortunate the Republicans felt it was necessary to copy my legislation rather than include me and my Democratic colleagues in their package and press conference today, imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, and I'm eager to see these bills become law."

Himes hasn't been quite so cordial about the situation on the Twitter, dropping the word "plagiarism" alongside Quayle's name in a few "tweets."

Himes has suggested following Quayle and House Majority Leader Eric Cantor on Twitter "though the content of their twitter streams will not be their own," and also took a jab at one of Quayle's co-sponsored bills made it through its committee.

When Cantor announced Quayle's bill would be in the JOBS Act, Himes wrote, "Why? Primary w/ [Schweikert]."

Schweikert has two bills in the JOBS Act.

To Quayle's defense -- while we're waiting for a call back from his spokesman -- the bills are not identical.

The first sections of both bills are almost exactly the same, although Himes' bill -- which was actually passed by the House in November -- has an extra section requiring a study and report to be done on the bill's effects.

To compare the brief text of the bills, click here for Himes', and here for Quayle's.


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daviddennyz
daviddennyz


However, we should expect further worsening on joblessness in the country in the next quarter because of political anxieties in the Middle East, check out an article called High Speed Universities for relation between a degree and job and the pay rate.

Marcy
Marcy

I doubt Ben could put together a coherent paragraph much less a complicated bill.

He's a chip off the old Potato Head.  Fortunately for him Arizona voters are dumb as rocks and would elect Charles Manson if he was listed on the ballot as a Republican.

Bnbk
Bnbk

Plagiarism ? I would suspect so. Quayle has the intellect & charisma of a potato, or is that potatoe ? Being born into money does not a leader make Benny(potato boy) Quayle..........BTW, what's up with the link for Himes' version ?

FDR
FDR

Matthew, Your comparitive link for Himes', does not work!

4politics2
4politics2

Little Benny Quayle...born with a silver foot in his mouth.

Native Guns
Native Guns

 Bnbk, the Republicans are not intelligent in job creation. They are only intelligent in warmongering.

david saint
david saint

lol the only thing Quayles dad ever did of note was try to arrest Tupac for murder, due to some kid who shot a cop listening to his music..you can actually watch part of the DOJ's deposition of him (while he was in jail awaiting the rape trial) on youtube of it, lets just say its pretty interesting...

Matthew Hendley
Matthew Hendley

It should work now. I believe all three versions are the same. 

Bnbk
Bnbk

Very true !

Johnny Skee Mask
Johnny Skee Mask

 I remember this. This also happened to ICE-T, when he released an album called "Cop Killer". This happened way back before Tupac's. And the Republicans were all over it. It was deja vu all over again.

Bnbk
Bnbk

LOL,yea I seem to recall that. That was all part of the Quayle/Gore attack on rap lyrics.

FDR
FDR

Thanks!!!

Norm
Norm

 The same ICE-T who now has an acting job on Law and Order? Or do I have my actors confused?

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