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U.S. House Votes to Award Bob Dole the Congressional Gold Medal

Bob Dole speaking in Topeka last year. (Photo by Stephen Koranda)

The U.S. House has followed the Senate and voted to award former Kansas GOP Senator Bob Dole the Congressional Gold Medal, the highest civilian honor the chambers can bestow.

Republican Congresswoman Lynn Jenkins called Dole an “American hero” on the House floor Tuesday.

“Senator Dole’s passion, dedication and service to our country is a testament to his character and a great blessing to the state of Kansas and our nation,” said Jenkins.

The legislation now heads to President Donald Trump for his signature.

Dole, a disabled veteran of World War II, was one of the driving forces behind the Americans with Disabilities Act. He left the Senate in 1996 to focus on his unsuccessful presidential campaign.

The 94-year-old Dole has remained active in retirement, working on issues such as care for veterans and world hunger.

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