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Congressman Matt Cartwright

Representing the 8th District of Pennsylvania

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Energy and Environment

Congressman Cartwright recognizes the connection between the production of American energy and the strength of the American economy.  At the same time, he feels that energy production and environmental protection are not mutually exclusive. 

Congressman Cartwright is fighting for an “all-of-the-above” approach to investing in American energy.  He believes in utilizing domestic resources in an environmentally responsible manner, finding newer, better uses for older forms of energy production, and investing in sustainable clean energy technologies to reduce our greenhouse gas emissions.

Pennsylvania’s 8th Congressional District is blessed with abundant natural resources and wild areas.  From the Delaware River, one of America’s pristine waterways, to the Pocono Mountains, conservation of our abundant natural landscape is an important ecological and economic priority of Congressman Cartwright.  To help preserve and protect our water resources, the Congressman will fight to repeal the “Halliburton loophole,“ the provision in the Clean Water Act that allows companies to hide the chemicals that they use for underground hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking” and work to revitalize areas that have faced ecological disasters.

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Jul 25, 2019 Press Release

Washington, DC - On Thursday, Rep. Matt Cartwright (PA-08) introduced two pieces of legislation to hold oil and gas industries accountable to national standards for water and air protection.

Jun 5, 2019 Press Release
The Nonprofit Energy Efficiency Act would establish a pilot grant program at the U.S. Department of Energy to provide nonprofits with the resources they need to improve energy efficiency in their buildings.
May 15, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON –Representative Matt Cartwright (PA-08) and Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (RI) introduced a bill on Wednesday to protect natural resources and wildlife from extreme weather and climate change.

May 1, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON –On Wednesday, the Natural Resources Committee in the House of Representatives voted in favor of the RECLAIM Act, a bill proposed by Rep. Matt Cartwright (PA-08) to advance economic development by helping communities revitalize lands that have been adversely affected by coal mining.

Apr 10, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON –Representatives Matt Cartwright (PA-08), Hal Rogers (KY-05), Glenn Thompson (PA-15), and Don Beyer (VA-08) introduced bipartisan legislation on Tuesday to revitalize coal country by giving communities the funds they need to clean up abandoned mine lands.

Feb 14, 2019 Press Release
The Climate Change Health Protection and Promotion Act will develop a national strategic action plan to tackle these public health challenges, which include pulmonary and cardiovascular illnesses, food-borne diseases, and heat-related impacts. The plan would identify and support the nation’s most vulnerable communities, while enhancing long-term research into the effects of climate change on the health of everyday Americans.
Dec 14, 2018 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC—After successful passage of H.R. 2, The Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018, (commonly known as the Farm Bill) Congressman Matt Cartwright highlighted the gains achieved, especially for those in Northeast Pennsylvania.

Wednesday the combined conference report passed the House with a vote of 369-47. It weds the needs of both rural and urban communities to ensure the bill reflects the breadth of America.

Sep 19, 2018 Press Release

Washington, DC – U.S. Representative Matt Cartwright introduced the Coal Royalty Fairness and Communities Investment Act of 2018, a bill that would provide $70 million to struggling historic coal communities to help build economic resilience, diversify industries, and promote new job creation opportunities; ensure fair returns on publicly owned coal; and improve the transparency of the federal coal program.  

Sep 11, 2018 Press Release

Easton, PA – Today, U.S. Representative Matt Cartwright announced the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) awarded a $429,420 Environmental Literacy Program grant to the Nurture Nature Center to advance community resilience. They are one of nine recipients. Funding will be distributed over a 4-year period.

Aug 8, 2018 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Congressman Matt Cartwright issued a statement regarding the announcement of a new annual federal grant for local environmental groups, whose mission includes restoring and conserving a healthy ecosystem for the Delaware River Watershed.