South Bend, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg and former Vice President Joe Biden shake hands after the Democratic Presidential Debate at Otterbein University on October 15, 2019 in Westerville, Ohio. A record 12 presidential hopefuls are participating in the debate hosted by CNN and The New York Times.

Pete Buttigieg, now the 19th secretary of transportation, shakes fingers with Joe Biden after the Oct. 15, 2019, presidential debate.

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Pete Buttigieg has parachuted in for a delicate landing at the Division of Transportation. There had been no Betsy DeVos-esque times at the Rhodes Scholar’s confirmation listening to. “You know what the hell you are talking about,” gushed Sen. Jon Tester, a Montana Democrat, in close proximity to the conclusion of the former South Bend mayor’s two-and-a-fifty percent-hour allure offensive. That offensive has also taken Buttigieg to late-evening discuss displays and celeb newsmaker packages, where he’s commiserated about the sad condition of American infrastructure and what the Biden administration plans to do about it.

But feel-good tv blots out the issues of a sector cracking underneath the pounds of early-21st-century inaction. There is a spectacular lack of urgency in Congress about the virtual insolvency of the Highway Belief Fund, which shores up roadways and general public transit with gas taxes that were past improved in 1993 and are not indexed to inflation. President Biden and Secretary Buttigieg are on the spot to devise interim measures to deal with the diminishing returns of gasoline taxes as cars develop much more gas-efficient and electrification looms—or to come up with one thing superior.