Congressman Matt Cartwright

Representing the 17th District of Pennsylvania
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The Congressman takes very seriously the responsibility that he has to represent local interests in Washington.  He is keenly aware of the nuances of and challenges facing this geographically diverse and expansive district.

Over the long term, the district lags beyond the country in job creation.  To fight this, Congressman Cartwright is working to create good paying jobs that cannot be outsourced and investing in the small business that drive economic growth. 

As an outgrowth of this, the Congressman is working to restore freight and passenger rail service to all parts of the district. 

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More on Local Issues

Feb 14, 2017 Press Release

Scranton, PA – Today, U.S. Rep. Matt Cartwright announced that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) awarded two grants worth $4,949,213 combined to the Wright Center for Graduate Medical Education.  The grants will help cover the costs of student residents at the Center for both the end of the 2016-2017 academic year and the beginning of 2017-2018 year.  This level is a 5% increase from the last round of HHS grants.

Feb 14, 2017 Press Release

Scranton, PA Today, U.S. Rep. Matt Cartwright announced that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has awarded a continuation grant worth $3,656,425.00 to the Scranton/Lackawanna Human Development Agency, Inc. (SLHDA). SLHDA is an umbrella agency dedicated to serving economically disadvantaged individuals within Lackawanna County and surrounding counties. These funds will be utilized for the organization’s Head Start programs.

Feb 7, 2017 Press Release

Scranton, PA – Congressman Matt Cartwright announced today that the National Park Service has completed a favorable review of the rehabilitation work on the historic Governor Wolf Building in Easton, PA under the Federal Historic Preservation Tax Incentives Program. As a result of the inspection, a 20% federal tax credit on qualified rehabilitation expenses was awarded to the owners of the building. Tax credit recipients are eligible for this program when they extensively renovate a historic property and return it to useful service. 

Jan 30, 2017 Press Release

Washington, DC – Today, H.R. 560, a bill amending the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area Improvement Act, passed the House of Representatives.  Congressman Matt Cartwright is an original cosponsor of this bill, which was introduced by Congressman Tom Marino (R-PA).

Federal law prohibits commercial traffic from entering National Recreation Areas.  This legislation would allow commercial vehicle access for local residents and businesses on Route 209 through the Delaware National Water Gap Recreation Area over the next five years.

Jan 27, 2017 Press Release

Northampton, PA - Congressman Matt Cartwright will attend United Way of the Lehigh Valley’s annual TeenWorks dinner and awards ceremony, which will honor exceptional community service projects and recognize committed members of the board of directors.

TeenWorks provides grants to teens and youth-based organizations to complete community-service projects throughout the Lehigh Valley. The board is comprised of teens and adult community members.

Jan 26, 2017 Press Release

Scranton, PA – Today’s announcement by the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections that SCI Waymart, SCI Retreat, and SCI Frackville will remain open comes as a relief to many in Northeastern Pennsylvania.

“This decision is a direct result of federal, state, and local officials working together to retain jobs and maintain a safe working environment for our correction officers,” said Rep. Cartwright.

Jan 20, 2017 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Today, U.S. Representative Matt Cartwright announced that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has awarded a grant of $4,001,733 to Luzerne County Head Start, Inc.

The award allows the program to serve and support 817 Head Start and 211 Early Head Start children.

Jan 12, 2017 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Today, U.S. Representative Matt Cartwright announced that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Agency (HHS) has awarded a $1,024,770 Health Services Grant to Rural Health Corporation of Northeastern PA in Wilkes-Barre.  The funding will support community health centers that serve medically underserved populations.

Jan 11, 2017 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Yesterday, U.S. Congressman Matt Cartwright met with Pennsylvania Secretary of Corrections John Wetzel regarding the possible closure of state prisons located in Northeastern Pennsylvania.