By Kristin Espeland
Laramie, WY – US Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell publicly welcomed Wyoming's new Senator Dr. John Barrasso into the fold. McConnell says Barrasso will benefit from the expertise of the late Craig Thomas' staff and over the next week he'll receive an orientation from several Senate administrative and legislative offices. Barrasso is expected to be sworn in sometime next week. Also The office of the vice president says Dick Cheney called Barrasso to congratulate him and say he looks forward to working with him.