Former Rep. Gerald Weller

Republican  •  Illinois 7 Terms  •  Sworn In 1995
Last Term 2007 - 2009 View All

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Anonymous 06/15/2008 7:59pm

Anonymous 06/12/2008 2:02pm

How dare you refer to the UE as “people at you” about extensions. Your blatant disdain for the very people you represent is beyond anything I have ever seen. How dare you call yourself a representative of the people. You are unfit for office. I am glad you are not running again. You just wised up a lot of America. The Republicans opposition to HR5749 is appalling. I am not even affected by this myself but know many in Il that are. I just wanted to let you no that I can’t believe the Republicans are now against decency and diginity for its own citizens in hard times and doing the right thing. May you never fall victim to your own standards of worth to qualify for a benefit you are entitled to. Shame on you and the Republican party. Liars and cheats all of you!

WashingtonGirl 06/12/2008 1:00pm

Mr. Weller,

We are not lazy or looking for welfare. The vast unemployment in this country well exceeds the 5.5% number quoted. The longterm unemployed and the hundreds of thousands who have had to accept part-time employment need to count. Job shrinkage, plant closures, downsizing—all no fault of us hard-working Americans who believed the the middle class dream. This is a very tough economy. We want to work. Why do you have such distain for the average guy? Do not turn your back on Americans. We have not had job growth from this President. You are hurting us, your party and McCain’s chances this fall. We will remember.

Born and Raised in the Land of Lincoln

Anonymous 06/13/2008 8:18am

Rep. Weller should have introduced that motion behind the scenes and worked out a deal before going to the Floor. Don’t believe the hype. He is just trying to screw people out of benefits.

Anonymous 06/11/2008 9:12pm

You look like a crook in your picture Jerry. Oh I forgot you really are a crook! Down with the Republicans! Vote yes on HR5749!!!!!

Anonymous 06/11/2008 10:52pm


Anonymous 06/20/2008 7:57am

Hey Weller we in Michigan now at 8.5 unemployment Thank You for your ignorance and selfishness. You are a real piece of work are you not. Your State will surely be embarassed to think you have such an important job. Is your head title….screw ball?

Anonymous 06/13/2008 7:39am

Hey folks, maybe the two amendments proposed by Weller aren’t so bad after all? If the Democrats adopted the two amendments, the 20 week rule, and the target rule, then this legislation would have passed. Here is a copy of what Weller proposed.

Found the new version of the Target Bill, proposed 6/12/08 FLOOR STATEMENT OF REP. JERRY WELLER
JUNE 12, 2008

Thank you Mr. Speaker, this Motion to Recommit supports extension of unemployment benefits for long term unemployed- those who’ve exhausted their unemployment benefits. This Motion to Recommit makes three simple changes to the bill. It adds a requirement of 20 weeks of work for workers to qualify for the extended unemployment benefits; it targets benefits to high unemployment States; and it provides additional money to many of the newly hired individuals to help them deal with the high price of gasoline.

I particularly want to thank my colleagues Mr. Kirk, Ms. Biggert, Mr. Bilirakis, and others for the help that they’ve given in crafting this Motion to Recommit as we work towards an extension of unemployment benefits for those that need help.

First, I would note that this motion re-inserts the current law requirement that workers who qualify for Federal extended unemployment benefits must have worked at least 20 weeks before being laid off. This requirement was removed by the Majority with the underlying legislation.

This commonsense Federal requirement has been in place since 1981, and was included in the temporary extended benefits program Congress created in 2002-our last extended benefits program. Nearly every Democrat Member voted for that bill then, and as we have discussed on this floor for the past two days, there is no good reason- there’s no argument that’s been made by the other side- to oppose the reestablishment of this longstanding Federal policy now.

Second, this motion would specify that only individuals in States with unemployment rates above 5% or that have seen a sharp rise in unemployment would be eligible for 13 weeks of Federal extended benefits. As under H.R. 5749, individuals in States with unemployment rates above 6% would be eligible for up to 26 weeks of Federal extended benefits.

Today 22 States have unemployment rates above 5% or have seen a sharp rise in their rates, including 6 States above 6%. So workers in nearly half of the States would be eligible for extended benefits, which could rise- or more would be eligible- if States experience a rise in unemployment rates.

In contrast with H.R. 5749, this motion would NOT extend benefits in States that currently have unemployment rates below 5%, and I would note that 5% is low by historical standards, and that have not experienced rising rates. They will continue to be eligible for their basic 26 weeks of unemployment benefits. So I would note that they will continue to have unemployment benefits available to laid-off workers.

Moreover, by targeting benefits to where they are needed most, this motion actually reduces the cost of the bill, meaning it is more fiscally responsible than the untargeted, unpaid for, and in violation of the House rules legislation, that has been offered by the Majority.

Third, we all know that every American family is struggling with record gas prices. That struggle is especially pronounced for unemployed workers and in particular the long-term unemployed. Those who return to work, however, may face high commuting costs, starting with the high price of gas they must put in their tanks to get to a new job.

I would note that this Democratic Congress, which is the least popular Congress in recorded history because of it’s lack of action on energy, has refused to allow for increases in domestically produced fuels which we need to help our economy. In fact, it’s Democratic policies in the last year and a half—since January 2007- which is responsible for an increase in gasoline prices of $1.73, basically a doubling in gasoline prices since our Democratic friends gained the majority, and that’s why gasoline prices are over $4.00.

We want to help alleviate the high price of gasoline for unemployed individuals. This motion would provide one extra week of extended unemployment benefits for those who return to work without exhausting their extended benefits. On average this would mean an extra $290 per eligible worker.

For an unemployed mother who goes back to work, with two kids, that could mean up to four tanks of gas at today’s $4 prices, probably enough to get her to and from her first full month on the job. Especially for someone who might not have much money left after a long spell of unemployment, that’s real relief where today it is desperately needed – at the pump and in the pocketbook.

Mr. Speaker, this motion provides timely, targeted, and temporary assistance- something the Speaker herself called for earlier this year as we talked about boosting the economy. I urge its adoption so that we can send this bill to the Senate and down to the White House as soon as possible.

As the President has said, he will veto the underlying bill; passage of this Motion to Recommit will give us a bill the President will sign, it will become law, and we can help unemployed workers. I urge an aye vote

Anonymous 06/13/2008 6:36pm

Wellers new address:

Statesville prison in Joliet, IL
Center Maximum Security Prison Route 53
P.O. Box 112
Joliet, IL 60434

Anonymous 04/11/2008 4:53pm

Thank You for introducing the TARGET bill . Michigan thanks you

Anonymous 06/12/2008 6:30pm

Weller read a paper , look around you , see what is happening to the economy!!!

Anonymous 06/12/2008 6:32pm

Thanks for selling out once again for the middle class on the unemployment extension. I hope karma will pay you back in life.

Anonymous 06/17/2008 9:19am

Wellers new address:

Statesville prison in Joliet, IL
Center Maximum Security Prison Route 53
P.O. Box 112
Joliet, IL 60434

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Anonymous 06/13/2008 4:58pm

To be fair Jerry Weller never did call unemployed people lazy and losers. That just was the implication never explicitly said. Weller you are a rotten bastard and were probably born with a silver spoon in your mouth. To ignore loads of evidence for unemployment extensions is either incompetence or criminal . You should leave Illinois everyone knows you now and no one wants you back here!!!!!!!

Anonymous 06/12/2008 7:01pm

I will not vote for any republicans in this upcoming election, Too bad you are not running so I could vote against you.

Anonymous 06/11/2008 8:35pm

Is your opposition worth the misery of millions Jerry? Sleep well you let a whole lot of folks down including those in Illinois. Illinois is ashamed of you tonight! Vote yes on HR5749 tomorrow for God’s sake.

Anonymous 06/15/2008 8:01pm



Anonymous 06/19/2008 3:34pm

Hope you get a Target bill for ue extensions going soon. Have you seen the unemployment numbers for Illinois? 6.4%. That means the rate was going up a lot as you argued against HR5749. And now we get a whopping 13 weeks? Great job. Get some jobs in Illinois instead of fighting unemployment Weller.

Anonymous 06/11/2008 8:22pm

Remember in November-down with the Repubilcans crowns!!

a divided party we fail-change , yes we can

Anonymous 06/17/2008 9:33am

Jerry Weller has not had a good reputation in Illinois for a long time. That is why he is not running again and why he openly argued against HR5749. He is done politically and the Republicans hung him out to dry on this vote.

Anonymous 06/11/2008 10:54pm


Anonymous 06/11/2008 8:20pm

Get with program Mr Weller your all set with money & no worries. yet you continue to screw us out of u/e extensions.
I will continue my efforts to see that your seat will be taken by a democrat in the upcoming election. even though your not running.
you support nothing!!!

Anonymous 06/11/2008 7:59pm

Your opposition to HR 5749 is unbelievable. There is no way to obtain benefits in IL. after only working two weeks. Your opposition to the bill is a complete lie and is just another way for you to deny deserving Americans an extension unemployment benefits. Since you are not up for re election I am sure that is why you opposed the bill. You are an unfortunate representative for IL. I hope you end up in Statesville prison or serving time with George Ryan. And after this vote unfortunately you will have a very tarnsihed record as we unemployed in IL. will continue to let you know about your mistake in not supporting this bill. And your outright lies in not supporting the extension of unemployment benefits.

Anonymous 06/11/2008 8:19pm

Hey Jerry can you ever stand up for the middle class? You are a disgrace for voting no on unemployment extensions.

Anonymous 06/11/2008 8:21pm

I hope when you are unemployed you worked 20 weeks or you will be screwed out of benefits too ya bum!

Anonymous 06/11/2008 8:21pm

All 144 republicans are a disgrace if it was war money you have no objections!!!

Anonymous 06/11/2008 8:27pm

You are heartless Rep. Weller. My children are starving and there are no jobs. We need the ue extensions. I would think you would know that representing IL. I will never vote Republican again.

Anonymous 06/23/2008 11:02pm

This is what happens Rep. Weller when the Government cuts off people’s unemployment and when the economy is weak and there are no good paying jobs. Is Illinois next?

L.A. seeing more people living out of their cars

By CHRISTINA HOAG, Associated Press Writer Mon Jun 23, 2:48 PM ET

LOS ANGELES – Having lost her job and her three-bedroom house, Darlene Knoll has joined the legions of downwardly mobile who are four wheels away from homelessness.

She is living out of her shabby 1978 RV, and every night she has to look for a place to park where she won’t get hassled by the cops or insulted by residents.

“I’m not a piece of trash,” the former home health-care aide said as she stroked one of five dogs in her cramped quarters parked in the waterfront community of Marina del Rey.

Amid the foreclosure crisis and the shaky economy, some California cities are seeing an increase in the number of people living out of their cars, vans or RVs.

Acting on complaints from homeowners, the Los Angeles City Council got tough earlier this year by forbidding nearly all overnight parking in residential neighborhoods such as South Brentwood.

But some people are just crowding into other parts of the city, including the seaside community of Venice, where dozens of rusty, dilapidated campers can be seen lined up outside neat single-family homes. The stench of urine emanates from a few of the vehicles, and some residents say they have seen human waste left behind.

“They’re nasty and gnarly,” said Venice resident Jeff Scharlin. “We’ve heard about drug dealing and prostitution in them. I’ve never seen it, but visually they’re a blight and they take up parking space.”

In Los Angeles, as in many other cities, it is illegal to live in vehicles on public streets. But the law is not easy to enforce. Police have to enter a vehicle to find signs that people are living there, such as cooking or sleeping, and occupants often refuse to answer when cops knock.

An easier way is to restrict overnight parking. In L.A., a first offense carries a $50 fine, and subsequent violations can cost as much as $100.

Parking-enforcement officers often give vehicle owners a warning and tell them to move on before issuing a ticket, and that usually solves the problem, said Alan Willis, a city transportation engineer. But other cities in the area are not as lenient.

“I had my motor home towed in Culver City. It cost me $500 to get it out,” said Desiri Hawkins, who lives in a small RV in Venice. “I got ticketed in Santa Monica and had to go to court.”

Tourist states with temperate climates, such as California and Florida, have long been magnets for the homeless. Los Angeles is the nation’s homelessness capital, with an estimated 73,000 people on the streets. A survey of 3,230 homeless people last year in Los Angeles County found nearly 7 percent living in vehicles, according to the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority.

“It’s trending toward an increase,” said Michael Stoop, acting executive director of the National Coalition for the Homeless. “People would rather live in a vehicle than wind up in a shelter, and you can’t stay on a friend’s couch forever.”

People living out of their cars or campers tend to be more well-off than the homeless on the street. They usually have jobs or disability checks that enable them to maintain an old camper but do not allow them to afford rent.

“For more working-class and lower-middle-class people, the car is the first stop of being homeless, and sometimes it turns out to be a long stop,” said Gary Blasi, a University of California, Los Angeles, law professor and activist on homeless issues.

Some Venice residents are clamoring for overnight parking restrictions. But parking limits in oceanfront neighborhoods are problematic because the California Coastal Commission requires communities to accommodate surfers, fishermen and other early-morning beachgoers.

“The complaints are getting louder and louder,” said Los Angeles City Councilman Bill Rosendahl.

For years, some cities such as Santa Barbara, Calif., and Eugene, Ore., have accommodated people who live out of their vehicles. Activists in Venice are looking at some of those ideas. Santa Barbara, for example, allows vehicles to stay from 7 p.m to 7 a.m. in church and city parking lots.

Knoll said she can barely afford to drive around with the rising price of gasoline eating away at the $950 monthly disability check she receives because of mental illness.

She said she is also sick of police waking her up in the wee hours by pounding on her vehicle with their nightsticks, and she is tired of fighting with residents who call her “lowlife scum” and hurl other insults.

“We need somewhere we can have a safe haven, where we won’t be harassed,” Knoll said as the wind from a passing car rocked her RV. “I never thought I’d be living like this, but I’m stuck. This is it for me.”

Anonymous 06/11/2008 8:38pm

Pig Weller, Your opposition to HR 5749 is a disgrace. You should hang your head in shame for what you have done to the UE people of IL.

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