Murphy said he would donate 5 percent of his paycheck each month to a different charity. His first contribution of $8,700 will go to the family of Sgt. Gary Morales, a sheriff who was killed in February.

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Murphy joins a growing movement among members of Congress to give up part of their salary since the $85 billion sequester will not cut their pay. In the House, Reps. Ami BeraAmi BeraNRCC uses digital ads to target California Dems who opposed Water Act bill Dems, not trusting Trump, want permanent ObamaCare fix Independent investigation into Russian interference needed MORE (D-Calif.) and Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.) and Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-D.C.) have said they would donate their pay to charity to share in the pain of the cuts.

Sens. Mark BegichMark BegichPerez creates advisory team for DNC transition The future of the Arctic 2016’s battle for the Senate: A shifting map MORE (D-Alaska) and Barbara MikulskiBarbara MikulskiGore wishes Mikulski a happy birthday at 'Inconvenient Sequel' premiere Bipartisan friendship is a civil solution to political dysfunction Dems press for paycheck fairness bill on Equal Pay Day MORE (D-Md.) have said they would cut their pay as well, and President Obama and Defense Secretary Chuck HagelChuck HagelPentagon withholding nuclear weapons inspection results: report Lobbying World The US just attacked Syria. So where's Congress? MORE are making similar moves.

Congressional salaries are not explicitly exempted from the sequester cuts, although they end up being spared because the sequester is governed by a 1985 law that exempts them for technical reasons. For example, that law says federal "accounts" must be cut in a sequester, but member salaries are not technically an "account" as defined by the law.

Norton suggested this week that the old law should be updated to include member pay in future sequesters.