He was the Republican Party's 1996 presidential nominee, losing to then-president Bill Clinton.
The president nonetheless saluted Dole as "a patriot" and gave tribute to Dole's struggle as a veteran who worked his way back from a grievous shoulder wound he suffered in Italy.
"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.
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Dole is considered one of his party's best dealmakers, a distinction Trump has given himself, as well. Trump, meanwhile, was mired in a pitched budget battle that threatened to end in a government shutdown at week's end.
Since that campaign, he founded the Dole Institute of Politics at the University of Kansas. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., who served with Dole in the Senate.
President Trump honored Mr. Dole with the Congressional Gold Medal.
Among the dignitaries attending the ceremony will be President Trump, Kansas Rep. Lynn Jenkins and Sen. The President and Vice President are scheduled to attend Wednesday's ceremony.
"I am extremely honored to accept this great honor", said Dole, speaking from a wheelchair.
In an America where standing for the national anthem is a controversial act, Bob Dole should be an example to us all.
Bipartisanship is a concept not often embraced these days, especially by the unconventional president Dole endorsed during the 2016 election. "Thank you for your service".
Senator Dole acknowledged the work of his colleagues in Congress. The United States Mint also produces numismatic products, including proof, uncirculated, and commemorative coins; Congressional Gold Medals; and silver and gold bullion coins. "I am pleased the President quickly approved this legislation, and I look forward to the presentation of this elite award in the near future".
"Bob Dole always stood by what is just and what is right". It passed the Senate on August 3, 2017.
Former Republican presidential nominee and Kansas Senator Bob Dole returned to Capitol Hill today to receive one of the nation's highest honors. "You have greatly impacted so many in this nation". Roger Marshall (R-Kan.), Kevin Yoder (R-Kan.) and Ron Estes (R-Kan.).
Following his public career, Senator Dole became an advocate for the public good.