Former Rep. Gerald Weller

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

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  • Democrator 04/09/2008 9:46am
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    Push for s2544 we need your help…..

  • Anonymous 04/11/2008 4:53pm

    Thank You for introducing the TARGET bill . Michigan thanks you

  • 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 8:20pm

    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 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 8:22pm

    Remember in November-down with the Repubilcans crowns!!

    a divided party we fail-change , yes we can

  • 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 06/11/2008 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 06/11/2008 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.

  • Anonymous 06/11/2008 8:49pm

    MAKE SURE TO CHECK YOUR FOOD FOR SALIVA WHEN YOU GO OUT TO EAT. THERE IS A GOOD CHANCE THAT A LOT OF FORMERLY UNEMPLOYED AND NOW FLIPPING BURGERS UNDEREMPLOYED WILL BE SERVING YOUR FOOD. GOD OR WHATEVER YOU WORSHIP HAVE MERCY ON YOUR SOUL. THANKS FOR NOT CARING!

  • 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 9:37pm

    You looked like a rookie out there today shooting down UE benefits Jerry. The party you so faithfully serve just fed you to the lions son. How’s it feel? HR5749 will pass tomorrow but you will now always be known as the guy who won’t help the unfortunate who are your own people in Illinois. When is the last time you were home? Bet you would have voted for the bill if you knew anything about Illinois now. We are having rough times The people aren’t suckers and now Illinois will always hate you. Guess you knew that since you are not seeking re election. You have no future son. Your a liar and have no honor and now everyone here in Illinois knows it. How did you ever get elected in the first place? Guess you will be a lobbyist now huh? Sleep well scumbag.

  • Anonymous 06/11/2008 10:52pm

    JERRY YOU SOLD US OUT!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Anonymous 06/11/2008 10:54pm

    JERRY YOU ARE BOUGHT AND PAID FOR BY CORPORATE AMERICA. YOU FORGOT ABOUT THE PEOPLE A LONG TIME AGO.

  • Anonymous 06/12/2008 2:12am

    Everyone should go to the message boards of the areas these clowns that voted no yesterday and let the people know about what is going on I suggest craigslist . I have to get some sleep or else I would do it.

  • Anonymous 06/12/2008 4:57am

    Weller HERE IS THE LATEST JOB REPORT YOU TELL YOUR REJECT REPUBLICAN PARTY

    your lucky your not running for re-election, but still I will be voting against ALL republicans!!

    Jobless claims jump to highest level since late March
    By MARTIN CRUTSINGER,AP

    Posted: 2008-06-12 08:44:02
    WASHINGTON (AP) – The number of people filing new claims for unemployment benefits jumped last week to the highest level since late March.

    The Labor Department reported Thursday that new applications for jobless benefits rose to 384,000, an increase of 25,000 from the previous week.

    That was a much bigger gain than analysts had been expecting and indicated that the labor market still remains under pressure. Last week, the government reported that the unemployment rate jumped to 5.5 percent, up from 5 percent in April. That was the biggest one-month gain in 22 years.

  • Anonymous 06/12/2008 12:52pm
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    YOU ARE A SAD EXCUSE FOR AN AMERICAN!!!! HOW DO YOU SLEEP AT NIGHT KNOWING WELL YOU KEPT FAMILIES FROM EATING, YOU ARE A SELL OUT!!!

  • 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 06/12/2008 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!

  • Anonymous 06/12/2008 2:40pm

    Hear that Weller? That is the sound of your precious Republican party going down in defeat. Stop supporting Bush and you might still have a chance but I doubt it. It will be a tough market for lobbyists with Obama as President!

  • Anonymous 06/12/2008 4:36pm

    Illinois will not forget your opposition to HR5749. You should be ashamed!

  • Anonymous 06/12/2008 6:27pm

    Here is the scam artist Weller -the moron knows better not to seek a seat in November-The campaign starts

    Reject republicans 11/4/08

    here is the real Weller scamming of the US

    He was doing business with guatemala

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=80_1ap6tPh4

  • Anonymous 06/12/2008 6:29pm
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    YOU AND YOUR REPUBLICANS COLLEAGUES SUCK AND EVEN THOUGH YOUR NOT RUNNING (TAX CHEATER) YOUR PARTY WILL PAY FOR TURNING YOUR BACK ON AMERICA

  • 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 06/12/2008 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 06/12/2008 7:04pm

    We are displeased with your NAY vote on H.R.5749. Please be aware that unemployed Republicans in ILLINOIS won’t be voting for you or the other Republicans anymore, they will be voting for Democrats. The most upsetting idea you and your Republican Cohorts presented is that a person would be eligible for a year of unemployment benefits after working only a week! That is VERY misleading, it makes it seem like a person would be eligible for a large amount of money, when that is NOT the case. People need to know the truth. The truth is each state has eligibility requirements and stipulations for earning a certain amount in a certain period of time in order to be even eligible for any state benefits. The amount of the state benefit is only about 1/3 of your previously salary, and depends on the total amount earned while working during the look back period. Here in ILLINOIS you need to earn a minimum of $1600 in the look back period which consists of 4 quarters. Therefore a person who worked part time for one week and earned $1600 in that week would only be paid $50 a week for 26 weeks. Is $50 a full benefit to you? For this little amount of money, you and the other Republicans jeopardized this legislation, you are making millions of people continue to hurt and be desperate. We are not happy with you or the other Republicans, now your job is in jeopardy.

  • 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
    MOTION TO RECOMMIT
    H.R. 5749, THE “EMERGENCY EXTENDED UNEMPLOYMENT COMPENSATION ACT OF 2008”
    JUNE 12, 2008
    (REMARKS AS DELIVERED)

    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


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