Dole to receive congressional gold medal, Trump to speak

Bob Dole to receive Congressional Gold Medal Wednesday afternoon

The 94 year-old Kansas native received Congress' highest civilian honor in a ceremony in the USA capitol, attended by many of his friends and former colleagues, including President Donald Trump.

"His entire life he selflessly served our nation's public and our national veterans", Pinegar said by phone from Washington, D.C. "Senator Dole's career is is a flawless example of what can be accomplished through the means of compromise and bipartisanship".

Now named for him, the Robert J. Dole Memorial Balcony was covered in a frosty snow down the hall from Wednesday's celebration in the Rotunda.

"Mr. Speaker, I am extremely honored to accept this great honor", said Dole.

The president commended the former senator for his resilience while recovering from gruesome injuries sustained during World War II before launching his political career. He would serve in the House until joining the Senate in 1969, where he would serve in numerous leadership posts until his departure in 1996 as majority leader.

"Without them", Dole said, "nothing would have been accomplished".

House and Senate leaders will present former Republican Sen.

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The United States Mint struck the Congressional Gold Medal for former U.S. Senator Robert Joseph "Bob" Dole.

Dole supported Trump for president.

"Through this venerable tradition, the occasional commissioning of individually struck gold medals in its name, Congress has expressed public gratitude on behalf of the nation for distinguished contributions for more than two centuries", according to the Congressional Research Service.

Dole, 94, was known as one of his party's best dealmakers, a distinction Trump has given himself, as well.

The president says Dole "has never stopped fighting" for Kansas, military veterans and the disabled. Trump, meanwhile, was mired in a pitched budget battle that threatened to end in a government shutdown at week's end. Dole's work feeding the hungry - it is one of the reasons I've worked on global hunger during my time in the Senate and was a co-creator of the Senate Hunger Caucus. "Senator Dole has spent his life serving the state of Kansas and our country - helping veterans and combatting child hunger and poverty". Other Congressional Gold Medal Senate honorees include Senators Robert Kennedy, John Glenn and Harry Truman.

The Bob Dole Congressional Gold Medal Act, was introduced on July 24, 2017.

By then, he had begun collecting more of the nation's highest honors.

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