"Deal is Done! Love you, Who Dat Nation. See you soon!" — New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees on Twitter July 13. Brees cut a deal with the team that will pay him $100 million over five years, the most lucrative contract in NFL history.
"Serving as a member of Congress is not a part-time job. The primary duty of a member of Congress is to advocate on behalf of its constituency by casting important votes. Some of my colleagues take their office for granted and refuse to accept this responsibility. They habitually miss important votes on key policy initiatives and legislation by leaving early or arriving late in order to attend fundraising and campaign events." — Rep. Charles Boustany, R-Lafayette, on his proposed "No Show, No Pay Act," which would penalize his fellow representatives for missing votes without a legitimate excuse. It was a clear swipe at Rep. Jeff Landry, R-New Iberia, whom Boustany is expected to face in the newly redrawn Louisiana 3rd District in the November election.
In response, Landry issued his own statement: "In what could only be a political ploy, Boustany is now claiming — after nearly a decade in Congress — he wants to do something about Congressional pay, tying it to votes in Congress. I wish Charles had been absent the times he voted to raise the debt ceiling, bail out banks, and allow his salary to increase."