Former Senate Majority Leader Bob Dole will receive the Congressional Gold Medal, which is Congress’ highest civilian honor.
The Kansas Republican, a decorated World War II veteran and his party’s 1996 presidential candidate, will receive the Congressional Gold Medal during a ceremony in the Capitol Rotunda. President Donald Trump is expected to attend.
Some of the award’s 300 recipients include George Washington and Mother Teresa, according to the Congressional Research Service.
Also expected to attend are Dole’s wife, former North Carolina Sen. Elizabeth Dole and his daughter, Robin.
Today, Senator Bob Dole will be presented with the Congressional Gold Medal in recognition of his service to the nation as a soldier, leader, and statesman. Watch live at 3pm: https://t.co/Ln8k9SV1tP.— Elizabeth Dole Foundation (@DoleFoundation) January 17, 2018
Thank you, @SenatorDole, for touching our lives and the lives of so many. pic.twitter.com/uGElSOzUwj
Dole, 94, was known as one of his party’s best dealmakers, a distinction Trump has given himself, as well. But Trump and the Republican-led Congress are currently mired in a pitched budget battle that could end in a government shutdown at the end of the week if not resolved.
Dole supported Trump for president, and Trump signed the honor in September and is expected to speak at the event.
Former Senate Republican Leader Bob Dole will receive the Congressional Gold Medal today in a ceremony on Capitol Hill. President Trump will speak about the importance of Dole’s legacy to conservatives and to Americans of all stripes. More in 1600 Daily: https://t.co/as5SBGZd8i— The White House (@WhiteHouse) January 17, 2018
Trump’s campaign says the president has known Dole for years and especially admires Dole’s support for veterans. Dole was grievously wounded in World War II and has helped craft legislation such as the Americans With Disabilities Act.