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CURES is Making Congress Cool

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For those of you who are on Spring Break, your heads are totally filled with pollen, are experiencing a sugar crash from the Starbucks Cherry Blossom Frappuccino or are just not paying attention…

Something pretty cool happened in Congress this week.

Photo: Committee on Energy and Commerce

Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Fred Upton became friends with Roger Daltrey – from THE WHO. Upton and his Partner in 21st Century Cures welcomed Daltrey to Capitol Hill for a Conversation on Child Cures which also included patients and advocates. Reps. Upton and DeGette last year championed a nonpartisan effort to help modernize the system that creates innovative cures and treatments. That effort is now moving through the Senate and Upton and DeGette’s new friend, Daltrey came by to help keep up momentum. Daltrey is the co-founder of Teen Cancer America, a group, “designed to help hospitals and health care professionals bridge the gap between pediatric and adult oncology care.”

Of course, Rayburn wasn’t his only stage on his trip. The Who also played at the Verizon Center while they were in town and Upton and DeGette pretty much earned “coolest people in Congress” when they got a shout out.

Thank you, David Schnittger, for making this happen and showing the world (or at least the attendees of The Who concert, your Twitter followers and everyone who reads FamousDC), that Congress can be pretty cool.