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U.S. Senator Mike Enzi, R-Wyo., attended a dinner at the White House last night with President Obama, Senator Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., and 10 other Senate GOP colleagues.

Enzi issued the following statement:

“I appreciate President Obama’s gesture and his hospitality. It helps generate good will, something Washington could certainly use more of.

“We all want what is best for America. There’s not enough recognition of that. We may have vastly different visions for what that is, but I’m always willing to look for areas of common ground. The key is to actually work on those areas of agreement and set aside the most contentious parts of an agenda. I call it my 80 percent rule. Our government, and especially the Senate, was designed to protect the minority to ensure that no one party or one president could unilaterally impose their will. We’re a diverse nation made up of 50 states.

“What is best for America is that we work together without compromising anyone’s principles. Neither side should be asked to accept what they view as unacceptable in exchange for the other side accepting something they oppose. That only results in a proposal everyone can dislike. We need to stop deal making and start legislating. If we move away from all-encompassing grand bargains with parts one side or the other doesn’t want and instead put together smaller proposals, we can solve problems piece by piece just like a building built brick by brick.”