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Congressman Matt Cartwright

Representing the 8th District of Pennsylvania



Matt Cartwright believes that our education system is the crown jewel of American infrastructure.  It is the key to our long-term economic growth and our competitiveness as a superpower. 

To continue to produce worldwide leaders, Congressman Cartwright will fight to ensure that every dollar that the federal government invests in education is efficiently invested in our students. The Congressman will continue to oppose any efforts to systematically divert funding away from the public schools that will produce tomorrow’s leaders.

Good students are made when education starts early.  That’s why Congressman Cartwright opposes any effort to end funding for the federal Head Start program and supports efforts to invest in early childhood education.  Later in life, students face challenges funding their education.  The Congressman is making every effort to ensure that students will be able to attend a school of their choosing by protecting federal grants and working to keep the cost of student loans low.  For those who choose not to attend a four year school, the Congressman is working to ensure that trade and technical schools are available and that community colleges are affordable.

See also information on student financial aid.

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Dec 23, 2019 Press Release

Scranton, PA – Today, U.S. Representative Matt Cartwright (PA-08) announced that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) awarded two grants worth a combined total of $3,188,368 to The Wright Center for Graduate Medical Education.

Dec 20, 2019 In The News


Luzerne County Head Start received a $4.69 million federal funding grant this week, according to U.S. Rep. Matt Cartwright, D-8, Moosic.

The grant, through the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, will provide 50% of the funding for the agency’s annual operations, according to Lindsey Fredericks, a Head Start community advocate.

The agency provides assistance to hundreds of children from birth to age 3 as part of its Early Head Start program, as well as hundreds of children of preschool age, from 3 to 5, in the Head Start program, Fredericks said.

Dec 19, 2019 Press Release

Luzerne County, PA – Today, U.S. Representative Matt Cartwright (PA-08) announced a $4,687,441 federal grant awarded through the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to Luzerne County Head Start to provide high-quality, comprehensive, early childhood education for children in Luzerne and Wyoming Counties.

Oct 23, 2019 Press Release

Washington, DC – Today, Representatives Matt Cartwright (PA-08) and David B. McKinley (WV-01) re-introduced bipartisan, bicameral legislation to improve educational services for students who are blind, visually impaired, deaf, hard of hearing, or deaf-blind. Senators Ed Markey (MA) and Shelley Moore Capito (WV) introduced companion legislation in the Senate earlier this afternoon.

Sep 27, 2019 Press Release

Washington, DC – Today, Representatives Matt Cartwright (PA-08) and Rodney Davis (IL-13) introduced bipartisan legislation to increase the transparency around tuition costs and to help students plan for the increased costs of higher education.

Sep 13, 2019 Press Release

Wilkes-Barre, PA- On Friday, Congressman Matt Cartwright (PA-o8) announced $486,615 in federal funding for Wilkes University to acquire high-performance scientific technology for research and instruction.

Aug 2, 2019 Press Release

Tannersville, PA – On Friday, U.S. Representative Matt Cartwright (PA-08) announced nearly $30,000 in federal funds to plan and establish a Farm to School program in Monroe County, an initiative that will increase local students’ access to fresh food and help them create healthy nutrition habits from a young age. The funding will be administered by the Pocono Mountains United Way and was awarded through the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Farm to School Grant Program.

Jul 24, 2019 Press Release

Scranton, PA – On Wednesday, U.S. Representative Matt Cartwright (PA-08) announced over $1.5 million in federal funding for Scranton-Lackawanna County Head Start, which will be used to continue providing comprehensive early education programs to children in Northeastern Pennsylvania.

Jun 27, 2019 Press Release
The new funding will allow Marywood University to recruit 20 diverse and academically-talented STEM students, mainly mathematics and biology majors, to teach math and science in high-need Pennsylvania school districts.
May 23, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON –Representative Matt Cartwright (PA-08) introduced a bill today to prepare the next generation for success, by ensuring American high school students have the best tools to manage their finances.