The House is expected to vote next week on legislation to award former Kansas Sen. Bob Dole the Congressional Gold Medal.

The bill to award the gold medal already unanimously passed the Senate on Aug. 3.

"I am pleased to see the House is acting quickly to bring this legislation up for a vote," said Rep. Lynn Jenkins, R-Kan., in a statement.

The Congressional Gold Medal is the most distinguished honor and highest civilian honor given by Congress, Jenkins said.

Dole, 94, served in the Senate representing Kansas for 27 years. He also set a record as the longest-serving Republican leader of the Senate.

Dole ran unsuccessfully for president in 1996 under the Republican nomination but was defeated by former President Bill Clinton. He was also the vice presidential candidate in 1976 alongside President Gerald Ford, but lost to former President Jimmy Carter.