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Former Kansas Sen. Bob Dole (R) was honored with the Congressional Gold Medal in a Capitol Hill ceremony Wednesday.

President Trump, Reps. Lynn Jenkins (R-Kan.) and Steny Hoyer (D-Md.), Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) and others honored Dole, a wounded World War II veteran and 1996 Republican presidential nominee, for his decades of service to the country.

Trump said that Dole's service in war and in Congress embodied "loyalty, integrity, hard work, faith and family."

He said Dole lived his life as "part of something much greater than himself."

"Bob Dole always stood by what is just and what is right," Ryan said, calling him a "resounding voice" for the hungry and those with disabilities.

Dole, 94, himself lost partial use of his right arm in the war, trying to help his fellow soldiers.

Ryan said Dole is "one of the greatest allies Americans have ever known."

"Bob Dole has never stopped fighting for those who fought for us. [He's ] as honorable as they come," he said.

As Hoyer noted, Dole was instrumental in enacting the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Senator Pat Roberts (R-Kan.) said Dole is a "special person," noting that it took himself and Jenkins only two days to get the Medal of Honor resolution through an often deadlocked Congress.

Dole served in Congress from 1961 to 1996, when he retired to run for president with running mate former Rep. Jack Kemp (R-N.Y.) against Bill Clinton.

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) called Dole a man of "deep dignity... and extraordinary courage."

"What an astounding record of service," Senate Democratic Leader Charles Schumer of New York said, applauding his longtime colleague's "trademark wit."

Schumer drew laughs by recalling Dole saying that "the most dangerous place in Washington is between Chuck Schumer and a camera," adding the line has a "grain of truth."

Dole was awarded a Bronze Star and two Purple Hearts for his service in the United States Army.

Dole is married to former Sen. Elizabeth Dole (R-N.C.).

He spoke near the close of the ceremony, saying he was honored to be in the company of Trump, Ryan, Pelosi and the other dignitaries.

"I also want to thank my colleagues, for without them, nothing would have been accomplished," he said.

Introducing his wife, he smiled and remarked in traditional legislator prose, "Mr. Speaker, I yield the balance of my time to the distinguished gentlewoman from North Carolina."

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