Alabama Senate Democrats issue relief challenge

Democratic state senators are committing to contribute $1,000 each to the Bush-Clinton Katrina Fund and are challenging their colleagues around the country to do the same.

"State legislators should lead by example and that example is government assistance alone will not be enough to take care of the victims of this tragedy," said Senator Gerald Dial.

"Our fellow citizens have suffered an unimaginable hardship that challenges their very way of life, their careers, and the fabric of their families' lives.   Our responsibility to them goes beyond providing food, shelter, and water for a few weeks.  It extends to being with them as they find permanent homes and jobs, and reunite with their families," added Dial.

The senators will be sending letters to every legislative body in the United States asking them to match their contributions to the fund.  The challenge is that each state senator contributes $1,000 and each member of a state's House of Representatives contributes $250.  If all legislators respond to the challenge, it will result in total contributions of over $3 million.

Alabama senators initiating the challenge and making initial contributions include Senators Gerald Dial, Jeff Enfinger, Jim Preuitt, Jimmy Holley, Ted Little, Tom Butler, Larry Means, and Bobby Singleton.

Former Presidents Bush and Clinton are collecting donations to fund long-term recovery plans for Alabama, Mississippi, and Louisiana.  The Bush-Clinton Katrina fund is a 501(c)3 organization that will oversee three separate funds to provide assistance in the three states.  For more information on the fund, go to .

Information provided by group of Alabama Senate Democrats