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TREASURE COAST -- Congressman Patrick E. Murphy (FL-18) will be donating $8,700 of his pay to local charities.
Each month, Rep. Murphy will take five percent of his paycheck to give to a different charity serving the Treasure Coast and the Palm Beaches. His first contribution will be going to assist the family of Sgt. Gary Morales, a 12-year veteran of the St. Lucie County Sheriff's Office who was killed in the line of duty in February.
"Sequestration's indiscriminate cuts are causing furloughs and job losses as well as cutting funding to many important programs in our communities, yet the salaries of members of Congress have not been affected," said Rep. Murphy. "That is why I am going to take a portion of my salary each month to support local charities who continue to go above and beyond to provide vital services to those in our community. I am looking forward to giving back to the community and for this first contribution to go to such a special cause, to assist the family of Sgt. Morales. When our community lost a hero, they also lost a husband and father and it has been moving to see the community come together to support them during this most difficult time."