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Washington, D.C. - The presidential election is already paying dividends for Wyoming, according to U.S. Senator Mike Enzi, R-Wyo, who said access to the world's most powerful leaders, the President and Vice President, is vastly improved from the former Administration.

"I'm starting my fifth year in the U.S. Senate and this is the first time that I have been invited to the White House for an official meeting with the President and Vice President. It's my first meeting in the West Wing," said Enzi. "I sat across from President (George W.) Bush and next to Vice President (Dick) Cheney. The Vice President and I were able to discuss a few Wyoming-specific issues before the meeting officially got underway."

Enzi and 14 of his Senate colleagues were invited to the White House Monday evening for a discussion of health, education, tax and election/campaign finance issues.

Enzi said the tone of the executive branch has not only changed for Wyoming Republicans, but President George W. Bush is living up to his pledge of bipartisanship.

"Senator Ben Nelson, a Nebraska Democrat sat next to me. He has already been invited to a Republican west wing," said Enzi. "I was pleased with the spirit of cooperation that pervaded the room. It's been less than a month and I think the new Administration is off to a running start."