Indeed, it is heartening to see. It's just too bad that more things aren't considered a crisis. There is little that tugs at the heart-strings more than the prospect of veterans dying while tangled in government bureaucracy. But there are plenty of other big problems with the potential for devastating consequences if they are unaddressed that have not lit a similar fire under our elected representatives. It would be nice to see a similar urgency to grapple with, say, climate change, entitlement costs, immigration or transportation funding. The VA scandal inflamed such public outrage that politicians in both parties recognized that there was more to fear in doing nothing than there was to gain from blaming the other side for failure. Until the public is ready to speak so forcefully on any number of other major issues, this respite from gridlock will be an anomaly.