President Donald Trump and Democratic lawmakers want rural areas to be like big city areas and not big cities.
“If you’re not in a big city, you’re probably not a rural community,” said Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y. “That’s a mistake.”
Trump has pushed his plan to help small communities in rural areas with tax credits, a key element of the president’s infrastructure plan.
But it’s unclear if the president will actually do this.
“The idea of having tax credits for rural communities is not something that I would support,” Schumer said in an interview on Tuesday.
“But the fact is, the rural communities are doing very well.”
Schumer, who chairs the Senate Budget Committee, said that the federal government needs to invest in rural infrastructure.
“We need to make sure we’re putting money in places that are getting that money, and not in places where they’re not getting it,” he said.
Schumer said rural communities that get tax credits are doing well.
“They’re making the investments that the rest of us are not getting,” he added.
He added that the lack of tax credits is a “big problem” for rural Americans.
But, he said, “I also think that rural communities need to be held to a higher standard.”
“Rural communities need the infrastructure they’ve got, they need to have roads and bridges and things that help them get to jobs,” Schumer added.
“And I think that’s the problem.”
While Schumer’s comments were critical of the administration’s tax credits and the administration itself, he was not opposed to making the payments to rural areas.
“I think we need to give those rural communities the kind of infrastructure that they deserve,” Schumer told the Washington Examiner.
“When I look at the rural community, they deserve a little bit of a leg up.”
He added, “You have to give the rural areas more credit.”