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Bob Dole Returns To Senate After Hospital Stay To Push For Treaty

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In this March 21, 2012, file photo, former Senate Majority Leader Bob Dole looks to the stage during an event honoring Dole and Howard Baker at Mellon Auditorium in Washington. Dole has checked himself into Walter Reed Army Medical Center for what his spokesman said on Monday, Nov. 27, 2012, was a routine procedure. Dole spokeswoman Marion Watkins says the 89-year-old Dole is "doing very well" and is expected to leave the hospital Wednesday. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File) | AP

WASHINGTON -- Frail and in a wheelchair, former Sen. Bob Dole was a startling presence on the Senate floor as lawmakers voted on a treaty on disabilities.

The 89-year-old Republican was in the well of the Senate on the GOP side of the chamber, his wife Elizabeth nearby. Dole recently had been hospitalized but came to the Senate to push for the treaty.

Sen. John Kerry acknowledged Dole's presence said the former Kansas lawmaker and World War II veteran was in the Senate to advocate for the treaty and ensure that disabled American veterans are treated with dignity and respect.

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