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Rock legend Roger Daltrey, lead singer of The Who, makes comments during a panel discussion hosted by the House Energy and Commerce committee, on Wednesday, March 23, 2016, on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. During the event, panelists addressed the merits of the 21st Century Cures Act which the House passed in July but which is awaiting a vote in the Senate.

Rock legend Roger Daltrey, lead singer of The Who, makes comments during a panel discussion hosted by the House Energy and Commerce committee, on Wednesday, March 23, 2016, on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. During the event, panelists addressed the merits of the 21st Century Cures Act which the House passed in July but which is awaiting a vote in the Senate. (Carlos Bongioanni/Stars and Stripes)

Rock legend Roger Daltrey, lead singer of The Who, makes comments during a panel discussion hosted by the House Energy and Commerce committee, on Wednesday, March 23, 2016, on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. During the event, panelists addressed the merits of the 21st Century Cures Act which the House passed in July but which is awaiting a vote in the Senate.

Rock legend Roger Daltrey, lead singer of The Who, makes comments during a panel discussion hosted by the House Energy and Commerce committee, on Wednesday, March 23, 2016, on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. During the event, panelists addressed the merits of the 21st Century Cures Act which the House passed in July but which is awaiting a vote in the Senate. (Carlos Bongioanni/Stars and Stripes)

U.S. Rep. Fred Upton, R-Mich., introduces guest speakers, including rock legend Roger Daltrey of The Who, on Wednesday, March 23, 2016, during a panel discussion about a medical bill working its way through Congress. In closing the discussion, Upton tweaked a famous quote to say, "If not now, when? If not us, Who?"

U.S. Rep. Fred Upton, R-Mich., introduces guest speakers, including rock legend Roger Daltrey of The Who, on Wednesday, March 23, 2016, during a panel discussion about a medical bill working its way through Congress. In closing the discussion, Upton tweaked a famous quote to say, "If not now, when? If not us, Who?" (Carlos Bongioanni/Stars and Stripes)

Buddy Cassidy, 26, who suffers from Duchenne muscular distrophy, listens as rock legend Roger Daltrey, lead singer of The Who, and other guests hold a panel discussion hosted by the House Energy and Commerce Committee, on Wednesday, March 23, 2016, on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., about the merits of the 21st Century Cures Act. The House passed the measure in July, and it is awaiting a vote in the Senate.

Buddy Cassidy, 26, who suffers from Duchenne muscular distrophy, listens as rock legend Roger Daltrey, lead singer of The Who, and other guests hold a panel discussion hosted by the House Energy and Commerce Committee, on Wednesday, March 23, 2016, on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., about the merits of the 21st Century Cures Act. The House passed the measure in July, and it is awaiting a vote in the Senate. (Carlos Bongioanni/Stars and Stripes)

Rock legend Roger Daltrey, lead singer of The Who, speaks with Buddy Cassidy, 26, after a panel discussion hosted by the House Energy and Commerce Committee, on Wednesday, March 23, 2016, on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. Panelists addressed the merits of the 21st Century Cures Act which the House of Representatives passed in July but which is awaiting a vote in the Senate.

Rock legend Roger Daltrey, lead singer of The Who, speaks with Buddy Cassidy, 26, after a panel discussion hosted by the House Energy and Commerce Committee, on Wednesday, March 23, 2016, on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. Panelists addressed the merits of the 21st Century Cures Act which the House of Representatives passed in July but which is awaiting a vote in the Senate. (Carlos Bongioanni/Stars and Stripes)

Rock legend Roger Daltrey, lead singer of The Who, makes comments during a panel discussion hosted by the House Energy and Commerce Committee, on Wednesday, March 23, 2016, on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., where panelists addressed the merits of the 21st Century Cures Act which the House of Representatives passed in July but which is awaiting a vote in the Senate.

Rock legend Roger Daltrey, lead singer of The Who, makes comments during a panel discussion hosted by the House Energy and Commerce Committee, on Wednesday, March 23, 2016, on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., where panelists addressed the merits of the 21st Century Cures Act which the House of Representatives passed in July but which is awaiting a vote in the Senate. (Carlos Bongioanni/Stars and Stripes)

WASHINGTON — Roger Daltrey, the British rock legend and lead singer of The Who, brought his celebrity star status to Capitol Hill on Wednesday to shine a spotlight on a medical bill working its way through Congress.

Daltrey, the special guest speaker during a panel discussion held in the House Energy and Commerce committee hearing room, co-founded Teen Cancer America, a foundation intended “to help hospitals and healthcare professionals bridge the gap between pediatric and adult oncology care,” according to the group’s website.

From his "My Generation" focus of the 1960s, Daltrey, 72, is now showing himself as an advocate for the next generation of medicines. Daltrey and other panel speakers urged the Senate to pass the 21st Century Cures Act which the House of Representatives passed in July.

According to a brochure from the Energy and Commerce committee the act if passed will help in the following ways:

Remove barriers to increased research collaboration. Incorporate the patient perspective into the drug development and regulatory review process. Modernize clinical trials. Provide new incentives for the development of drugs for rare diseases. Invest in 21st century science and next generation investigators. Help keep and create jobs here at home.In closing Wednesday's panel discussion, U.S. Rep. Fred Upton, R-Mich., the committee chairman, generated some laughter as he tweaked a famous quote to pay a tribute to Daltrey and his band: "If not now, when? If not us, Who?"

bongioanni.carlos@stripes.com

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