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Washington, D.C. – A staffer in Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle's, D-S.D., office in Washington, D.C. opened a letter this morning that preliminary tests indicate contained anthrax.

U.S. Senator Mike Enzi, R-Wyo., is taking precautionary steps in his offices both in Washington and Wyoming, even beyond those he instituted directly after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.

Enzi also encouraged constituents who correspond with him and his office to use e-mail if practical because the new security measures may potentially delay a response. His e-mail address is: senator@enzi.senate.gov.

"Since Sept. 11 my office has worked with the Sergeant At Arms office on ways to increase security and we have been following new protocols. We will continue to work with the Sergeant at Arms and the Capitol Police. Starting today, I have also instructed my D.C. staff that only the mail supervisor or the chief of staff will open the mail and then only in one location, using appropriate precautions recommended by Capitol Police. If for any reason any of my staff are suspicious of a letter or package they are to contact the capitol police immediately," said Enzi. "My state offices will follow much the same protocol. If they are suspicious of any package they are to contact law enforcement authorities."

But Enzi said caution does not mean a halt in operation.

"Yes, my staff and I, and indeed Americans everywhere, should be more aware of their surroundings. We must use greater caution, but we must also recognize that the purpose of terrorism is to make us afraid. My office is still conducting business in as normal a way as possible. We will answer the mail, travel to and from Wyoming on commercial airlines, conduct meetings, greet visitors, work on solutions to Wyoming's problems. We all need to keep doing what has made America great," he said.

Enzi said the U.S. Postal Service and the Senate, since Sept. 11 have increased mail delivery precautions by X-raying, marking and enacting other screening measures. Enzi's staff has been instructed to scrutinize packages and letters that, among other red flags, have no return address, incorrect titles, misspelling of common words, are stained or discolored, lopsided or uneven, emit unusual odors, are foreign, airmailed or specially delivered.

"The United States Capitol Police has the capability to respond to, contain, and mitigate an NBC (nuclear, biological or chemical agent) incident," according to an Oct. 10 memo from the Sergeant at Arms office.