Utah members of Congress generally applauded President Bush for his selection of Wyoming Rep. Dick Cheney to be secretary of defense.

"I feel President Bush has made an excellent choice in Congressman Dick Cheney," said Sen. Jake Garn, R-Utah. "Dick has a long history of public service and has dealt with the kind of critical issues he will be required to address at the Pentagon."Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, told reporters Cheney's nomination "is one of the best moves this administration has made. He's a quick learner. Any bureaucratic red tape will be quickly snipped."

Rep. Wayne Owens, D-Utah, added his support: "I am delighted. No Republican in the House is more respected. I see a fast confirmation."