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A couple days before Christmas 1995, then-Senate Majority Leader Robert J. Dole grew fed up with his negotiating partners in Newt Gingrich’s House of Representatives and the Clinton White House.

“It’s time for adult leadership,” the Kansas Republican declared during a Senate floor speech.

Using a favorite phrase of his tenure as one of Washington’s most prominent figures, Dole emerged as the leader in talks to reopen the federal government amid a budget standoff pitting the House speaker, Gingrich (R-Ga.), against President Bill Clinton.

That “adult leadership” made a rare appearance Wednesday in the Capitol. President Trump and the bipartisan leadership awarded Dole, 94, with the Congressional Gold Medal, and it served as a stark contrast to today’s partisan toxicity, the whiff of another shutdown in the air.

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President Trump and congressinoal leaders pay tribute to former Senate majority leader Robert J. Dole (R-Kan.) on Wednesday. In a ceremony in the Capitol Rotunda, Dole received the Congressional Gold Medal. (J. Scott Applewhite/AP)

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