Joe Biden’s “Build Back Better” plan would build a strong economy in an environmentally sustainable manner while creating jobs and growing businesses, U.S. Rep. Ron Kind and former Dem presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg say.

Speaking Thursday on a virtual roundtable hosted by the Biden campaign, Buttigieg said Americans need to understand they can move forward on building businesses and the economy while building infrastructure that is environmentally friendly. Even before the pandemic, the former South Bend, Ind. mayor said it was obvious the economy was becoming stagnant and needed strong leadership in the White House to rebound.

Kind, D-La Crosse, said Biden’s plan to use tax credits for sustainable and renewable energy in his plan mirrors a plan recently passed through the House.

He also slammed President Trump for taking credit for a strong economy inherited from the Obama administration.

“Donald Trump had one job when he became president: don’t screw it up,” he said. “But instead President Trump failed to recognize that the strength of our economy is directly tied to the health of all Americans. That’s why we still, seven months after the virus landed on our shore, are in desperate need of a nationally coordinated strategy.”

Trump Victory spokeswoman Anna Kelly knocked Biden’s economic plan, saying it includes tax hikes that would hurt Wisconsinites.

“President Trump is leading the great American comeback that is lowering unemployment and creating jobs,” she said. “Joe Biden’s economic record is a disaster. If Ron Kind and Biden’s allies cared about Wisconsinites, they wouldn’t endorse tax hikes and an anti-fossil fuel agenda that would devastate western Wisconsin.”

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