Late Sen. Bob Dole was a “remarkable” leader and as a Republican, “never hesitated’ to work with Democrats, Democratic Sen. Chuck Schumer said at Dole’s memorial at the U.S. Capitol Rotunda.
“Bob never hesitated to work with Democrats to get things done,” Schumer said, noting Dole’s bipartisan work with Democrats on food security, social security reform and passing the Americans with Disabilities Act.
“Millions of kids across the country are better off because of Bob Dole,” he said.
Dole died Sunday at the age of 98. He was a leader known for his caustic wit. He shaped tax and foreign policy and worked to help the disabled, enshrining protections against discrimination in employment, education and public services in the Americans with Disabilities Act. Dole won the Republican nomination in 1996, but was defeated when President Bill Clinton won a second term. He was also the 1976 GOP vice presidential candidate on the losing ticket with President Gerald Ford.
Throughout his political career, he carried the mark of war. Charging a German position in northern Italy in 1945, Dole was hit by a shell fragment that crushed two vertebrae and paralyzed his arms and legs. The young Army platoon leader spent three years recovering in a hospital and never regained use of his right hand.
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