Congress approves bill led by Roberts, Jenkins to award Congressional Gold Medal to Bob Dole

Bob Dole

The House unanimously approved legislation on Tuesday that U.S. Sen. Pat Roberts (R-KS) and U.S. Rep. Lynn Jenkins (R-KS) coauthored to bestow the Congressional Gold Medal upon former U.S. Sen. Bob Dole (R-KS).

The Bob Dole Congressional Gold Medal Act, which was introduced in July, recognizes Dole’s service as “a soldier, legislator and statesman” with the highest civilian recognition that Congress awards.

The bill passed the Senate on Aug. 3 and now goes to President Donald Trump for his signature.

“The swift passage and overwhelming bipartisan support of this bill shows the tremendous impact that Sen. Dole has had in Congress and our nation,” Roberts said. “I congratulate Congresswoman Jenkins on her diligent work to get this through the House, and I am so proud we are one step closer to Sen. Dole receiving this most deserving honor.”

Dole served as a second lieutenant in the Army’s 10th Mountain Division during World War II. He was awarded two Purple Hearts and the Bronze Star after being injured while trying to save a fellow soldier during an offensive in Italy.

Dole entered politics in 1951, serving one term in the Kansas House of Representatives. Later, he represented Kansas in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1961 to 1969, and in the U.S. Senate from 1969 to 1996. Dole set the record as the nation’s longest-serving Republican leader in the Senate.

Presidents Ronald Reagan and Bill Clinton both honored Dole for his leadership, and he has been acknowledged by many organizations for achievements both in and outside of politics. Dole has worked as a strong advocate for veterans and has helped fight child hunger and poverty.

“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,” Jenkins said during remarks on the House floor.

The legislation passed the House with support from both Republicans and Democrats. “In Congress, Sen. Dole was known for reaching across the aisle, and I know he must be very proud to see this strong showing of unity,” she said. “Now, I urge the president to sign this legislation so that we can honor this great American.”