Last week, Congress voted to award Robert J. Dole, former U.S. Senator from Kansas, with the Congressional Gold Medal in recognition for his service to the nation as a soldier, legislator, and statesman. This is the highest and most distinguished civilian honor given by the Congress.

Bob Dole is an American hero. He has spent his life serving our country, first in the United States Army, and later eight years in the House and 27 years in the Senate representing the people of Kansas. While in Congress, Sen. Dole was known for reaching across the aisle to solve problems, and it is fitting that this honor was bestowed though a unanimous bipartisan vote. This bill, which the Speaker signed joined by House members from Kansas, is now off to the president’s desk for his signature. Once it is signed, Sen. Dole will join an elite group of men and women who have earned this honor and made an indelible mark on our history.