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Bob Dole to lie on Capitol Hill and funeral at National Cathedral

The coffin of Senator Bob Dole will rest in the U.S. Capitol State on Thursday as Congressional leaders honor the former Republican presidential candidate and World War II veteran who served in Congress for 36 years.

Dole will then have a state funeral on Friday at the Washington National Cathedral, a Congressional source told the Post on Monday.

Dole died on Sunday at the age of 98.

On Saturday, his body will be transported to his home state of Kansas. Dole served four terms in the House and more than four terms in the Senate.

He won the Republican nomination in 1996, but was defeated when President Bill Clinton won a second term. He was also the GOP running mate in 1976 on the losing ticket with President Gerald Ford. – which he represented in the Senate.

President Biden is expected to attend the funeral, along with key congressional leaders from both sides of the aisle. Biden released a statement on the Republican’s passing on Sunday and reflected on their time in the Senate together.

“In the Senate, although we often disagree, he never shied away from working with me or other Democrats when it mattered most,” Biden said.

Bob Dole died Sunday at the age of 98.
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The funeral could also mark the first face-to-face meeting between Biden and former President Donald Trump since the 2020 presidential debates. Trump’s representatives did not immediately respond to The Post’s request for comment on his intention to do so. ‘attend.

“Bob Dole was an American war hero and a true patriot for our nation,” Trump said in a statement Sunday.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the ceremony will be open to guests only.

Since Sunday, the main congressional leaders of both parties have expressed their sadness over Dole’s death.

Bob Dole to lie on Capitol Hill and funeral at National Cathedral
Senator Bob Dole’s coffin will rest in the United States Capitol State.
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“Whatever their politics, anyone who saw Bob Dole in action must admire his character and his deep patriotism,” said Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.).

“Those of us who were fortunate enough to know Bob well ourselves admired him even more. A bright light of patriotic good humor burned throughout Bob’s adolescent fighting heroism throughout his career. in Washington and through the years since. We look forward to honoring his life and legacy on Capitol Hill. “

“Senator Dole was an extraordinary patriot, who dedicated his entire life to serving our nation with dignity and integrity,” said President Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.). “Putting his life on the line to defend our nation, he received two Purple Hearts for his bravery and sacrifice on the battlefield – and, when he returned home, served as an inspiration to millions of Americans living with a disability.

Bob Dole to lie on Capitol Hill and funeral at National Cathedral
Bob Dole was a WWII veteran and former Senate Majority Leader.
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“From the well of the House to the Senate floor, as a presidential candidate and an elderly statesman, he was a key advocate for our military, veterans and military families. May it be a comfort to his beloved wife, his dear daughter and all his loved ones that a grateful nation join them in mourning during this sad time. “

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) echoed Pelosi’s sentiment, saying Dole “portrayed the greatest generation.”

“And although I never had the pleasure of serving in the Senate with him, his reputation and his accomplishments, and especially his character, preceded him,” Schumer added. “I have always admired his steadfast advocacy for veterans and Americans with disabilities and his love for his country. Rest in peace, Senator Dole.

– With Associated Press

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