The House on Monday gave voice vote approval to a measure that would award a Congressional Gold Medal to Israeli President Shimon Peres.

Members depicted the legislation as a way to show that "Congress proclaims its unbreakable bond with Israel," as the text reads.

Peres, 90, has served as president of Israel since 2007. He previously served as prime minister, and was first elected to the Israeli legislature in 1959.

"This award to Shimon Peres is our highest expression of national appreciation," said Rep. Trent FranksHarold (Trent) Trent FranksGOP dodges bullet in Arizona race to replace Franks Real-time data insights have become a powerful political tool Tillerson announces mandatory sexual harassment training for State Dept. MORE (R-Ariz.), who sponsored the bill with Rep. Joe KennedyJoseph (Joe) Patrick KennedyPETA rips Tomi Lahren for saying she kicks her dog A Sanders-Warren ticket could win big in 2020 Overnight Health Care: Trump officials block GOP governor from skirting ObamaCare rules | Abstinence-only education makes a comeback | Mississippi passes nation's most restrictive abortion law MORE (D-Mass.). "It is an expression of America's resolve to our greatest ally in the world."

House passage of the measure comes around the same time as the 65th anniversary of Israel's independence.

"Awarding the Congressional Gold Medal to Shimon Peres is a timely and fitting acknowledgement of a man whose influence has touched so many lives in Israel, across the Middle East and around the world," Kennedy said.

Also on the House agenda for Monday are bills to award Congressional Gold Medals to professional golfer Jack Nicklaus and the so-called "Monuments Men," among other military figures.